Brooklyn rapper Saigon opens up about his past falling out with 50 Cent which could have turned into a possible deal with the rap star’s G-Unit Records in the March issue of XXL Magazine.
According to Sai, communication complications forced him to address 50 in the wrong way.
Saigon’s long slog in the industry, from the mixtape circuit, to Atlantic, to Suburban Noize, began in 2002, soon after 50 Cent signed to Interscope/Aftermath/Shady. Major labels immediately sniffed around for rappers with street credibility and mixtape chops to match. Saigon fit the bill, and even nearly signed with G-Unit. “I wanted to be the conscious arm of G-Unit,” Sai says. A snide text message, however, ruined the relationship with 50 Cent. “It was kind of my fault. I hit  four times, and he ain’t text me. I then said something about him feeling himself. He was like, ‘Who the f*ck you think you is, n*gga?’ But it was all in fun to me. I was trying to see if he was ignoring me.” (XXL Mag)
In 2009, Sai hinted at an internal conflict possibly off-seting a Unit deal.
“Sha Money XL introduced me to 50 early in his career,” Saigon revealed in an interview. “We sat down and chopped it up. I was actually G-Unit’ed out at one point. I was running around screaming that sh*t and all that. Like ‘G-Unit n*gga!’ ’cause me and Fif chopped it up…But we had a falling out, we both Cancers — so as far as us being alpha-males, it’s hard to co-exist around that n*gga. A lot of times it’s his way or the highway. We kinda bumped heads, early…He never attempted, I never attempted to fix it. But to see him succeed, I kinda felt like I was succeeding…That n*gga Fif was like us, he’s a goon, he’s in the street, he wasn’t no studio gangsta n*gga. He was a real n*gga, so for him to make it outta that — seeing him make it out of that was kinda like gratification for me in a weird way…Sha Money is my manager now and Sha Money still works with Fif and if Fif ain’t want that to go down, it wouldn’t happened.” (Rap Radar)
Outside of the Unit, Hollywood actor Tom Hanks‘ son, Chet Haze, recently named Sai SOHH Underrated.
“I think Saigon is really underrated. I think when it comes to lyrics, he’s one of the most talented cats in the game. Just listen to what he says in his music. He really keeps it real and he’s just straight up hip-hop. He’s so real with his music. He’s sort of got that old school vibe to him. He’s not the type of dude to change who he is to become mainstream and successful. That’s why I respect him so much as an artist. The first time I noticed him was from [HBO television series] Entourage. After I saw [him], I started delving into his music. He’s just amazing. I know he put out mixtapes. But I also don’t think that he’s going to be very underrated for long because I think he’s really about to be blowing up crazy.” (SOHH Underrated)
Earlier this week, Sai talked about the top reasons why fans should support his long-awaited debut album, Greatest Story Never Told.
“Another reason is because it’s social commentary. It’s something that’s good for our children. It’s something that you could play around your grandmother and something you could play around a five-year-old or six-year-old [and won’t] have to cover his hears. There’s social commentary and there’s a lot of stuff people can take from and apply it to their life. They can apply it to their real life. It ain’t a mirage about success, money and stripping. It’s food for thought.” (Buy My Record)
Check out some recent Saigon footage below: