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Saigon | Interview

Saigon is an emcee and actor from Brooklyn, NY. Much of his education was obtained in prison, after routinely getting in trouble with the law as a youth. He was inspired to rap from another inmate that would incorporate positive messages and heavy vocabulary in his lyrics. Saigon educated himself on politics, black history, the Vietnam War, Toussaint L’Ouverture, and Malcolm X. In 2000, he was released from prison and began recording mixtapes. He established the company, Abandoned Nation, to support children with incarcerated parents while simultaneously helping him build a music career. Mark Ronson was the first artist that gave Saigon an opportunity for studio time and introduced him to The Alchemist. By 2005, Just Blaze had signed Saigon to his imprint and landed Saigon a recurring role in the HBO series Entourage. His songs were featured on mixtapes by DJ Kay Slay, DJ Whoo Kid, and DJ Drama. In 2011, Saigon released his debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, primarily produced by Just Blaze. In 2012, he followed up with The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread & Circuses.

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