On this day, July 14, in hip-hop history…
1977: Thirty-six years ago today, one of NYC’s finest MCs was born. Brian Daniel Carenard, known by hip-hop heads as Saigon (or “Sai-Giddy”), gained a reputation as one of the East Coast’s leading wordsmiths.
Saigon served a prison sentence for first-degree assault. While in prison, Saigon was introduced to the art of lyricism by a fellow inmate, who was known among the inmates for his wide vocabulary and positive messages. Inspired, Saigon turned to hip-hop as a source of rehabilitation and redemption. Upon his release from prison in 2000, Saigon immediately began to pursue a career in hip-hop.
Many mainstream hip-hop listeners may not be familiar with Saigon’s music, but among underground fans, he is well respected. He has collaborated with hip-ho heavyweights from Kanye West to Ghostface Killah, and both of his studio albums (The Greatest Story Never Told and The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses) have received stellar reviews from critics. Saigon plans to release his third studio album, Secrets Are For Sinners, in 2014.
Happy Birthday Saigon!—Chisom Uzosike