Joe Budden has given his rap rival Saigon props for joining Amalgam Digital, the digital record distributor that released Budden’s latest disc, Padded Room.
Despite engaging in a rap war-of-words with Sai, Joe claims he congratulated the New York rapper upon learning of his deal.
“I don’t feel anything,” Joey explained in a video. “I don’t know if he signed there for the same exact reasons that I signed there. It was a great business move on their behalf because if Joe Budden is leaving Amalgam, and they have Peedi Crakk, I’m not sure when his album’s coming out, and you got Max B whose tied up in some type of litigation. The same way Joe Budden is gonna come right back and put an album out to build off of Padded Room hype, Amalgam would need to come right back with a project whether it be a Joe Budden project or whatever project it’ll be. So, they needed to sign someone. I texted Saigon today and told him congratulations. I told him good move.” (Cop Shop Hip Hop)
The “Yard Father’s” first project with the company is his collaboration disc with Statik Selektah called All In A Day’s Work.
“Working with Saigon in those twenty four hours and getting songs done so fast showed why he should be held as one of the greatest to ever do it,” Statik said in a statement about the project. “I teamed up with producer Statik Selektah and Amalgam Digital,” Saigon added via a statement, “and we came together to present the world with the best album of the year 2009, aside from my debut of course, The Greatest Story Never Told which will soon follow.” (Press Release)
Sai announced his business venture with Amalgam earlier this week.
“Did I sign a traditional recording deal with Amalgam Digital as an artist,” he wrote. “The answer is NO… What I AM doing with Amalgam Digital is entering a unique, never been done before business venture where they help market promote and distribute some of my many projects…First of all, Amalgam Digital is NOT a record company but a New Media outfit…They seen my creative vision, believe in my vision and we entered into a non-exclusive partnership that will bring it all to life….I am nobody’s artist.” (Saigon’s MySpace)
Amalgam Digital’s popularity has continued to grow with its work alongside established rap artists.
The company is viewed as a leading pioneer in the digital revolution and noted for their creative new media initiatives and nontraditional marketing strategies and is one of the first companies to launch a live in studio webcast enabling fans to directly chat with the artist, Joe Budden while he put the finishing touches to his album. The Source Magazine proclaimed “Amalgam Digital has its fingerprint on the pulse of Hip-hop’s future.” (Amalgam Digital)
Saigon’s digital-only release All In A Day’s Work is slated to drop March 17, 2009.
Check out Joe Budden speak on Saigon’s deal below: