Today In Hip-Hop: Saigon Celebrates 36th Birthday

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 ...

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