Saigon & Statik Selektah: All in a Day’s Work
One thing about inspiration—there’s no telling when it’ll strike. For Saigon, his came during the course of an extremely long studio session with Massachusetts producer Statik Selektah. Twenty-four hours later, the pair emerged with an album’s worth of material, dubbed All in a Day’s Work.
This go-round, Saigon’s train of thought travels down two distinct paths. The first is his tried-and-true formula of chest-thumpin’ bars. The aggressive “So Cruel” finds the Yardfather tossing Molotov cocktails at lesser MCs. The lyrical precision continues on “The Rules,” where he delivers two raw verses of fury complemented by Statik’s intricate record skips.
The second half of the LP introduces a less belligerent Saigon that’s more concerned with slaying chicks than the competition. On the doo-wop-inspired “Lose Her,” the ferocious rhymer displays rare vulnerability, penning an open letter to a lost love. Based on the sentiments expressed on “Goodbye,” though, Sai’s pleas for forgiveness have fallen on deaf ears. Before the 10-track disc closes out, Saigon discovers a happy medium between hardcore and heartfelt with the soul-wrenching “The Reason,” where he paints a passionate picture of his journey through hip-hop.
Lyrically and sonically strong, the album is a testament to its creators’ respect for the art form, and Saigon and Statik effectively show the value of an honest day’s work.—ANSLEM SAMUEL