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Saigon & Statik Selektah: All in a Day’s Work


Saigon & Statik Selektah
All in a Day’s Work
(SHOWOFF/ABANDONED NATION/AMALGAM DIGITAL)

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

  • Pierzy

    Co-Sign…this is a hott album and once again proves why “The Greatest Story Never Told” should’ve been dusted off and released…

  • JCITYHUSTLA617

    DAMN THIS ALBUM DROPPED LIKE 2MONTHS AGO AND YALL REVIEWIN IT NOW LOL WHATEVER ANYWAYS GIVE OR TAKE A SONG OR TWO THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A CLASSIC ALBUM..THERES NO WAY ASHER ROTH SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN THE SAME RATING SMH

  • latino heat

    this albums out already?! come on xxl ya’ll are slippin. all that promotion for Wack Ross and Asher Roth but no mention of this droppin? like Jay-Z said “Politics as Usual”.

  • tony

    Saigon is the real deal. Saigon embrassed Joe Budden. Budden got on the phone to squash beff. Saigon need some west coast beats. Album would catch a lot attention.

    • Pierzy

      You’re kidding me, right? “Pain In His Life” is one of the illest beef tracks of all time…

      • Looped

        This ain’t even about beef, so why respond? But since somebody had to bring it up. Saion’s “Pushing Buddens” was vicious. Sorry, I say Sai took this one. He just got straight to the point. He didn’t worry about coming up with some sparkley punchline or some boring metophor to compare Joe to. Which is exactly where Joe failed with that diss record. Too busy trying to impress. It was like,we know you’re lyrically inclined Joe. Just get to the freaking point already.

        Sai threw everything back at Budden that Budden said in Pain In His Life. He did it direct, hard hitting, and with intensity. And sometimes that’s all it takes, to have a winning diss record.

        Anyway, since this ain’t about beef, it’s about the man’s album. And Sai’s joint was definately hot. It was certainly better than what has been released as of late.

      • kenny

        this album makes pain in his life sound like joe was talking about himself doesnt it . think about that

  • corlione39

    SAIGON DAT DUDE!!! LIKE MISTAH FAB 2 PROLLY POTENTIAL CLASSICCZ R COLLECTN DUZT ON THA WHYTE MANZ SHELF WEN DEY COOD B OOT DERE N HEEVY ROTATION!!!

  • http://www.xxlmag.com Benicio Del Thoro

    I dunno, I gotta give this one to Sai. I’m not a fan of Budden. Too much talking and not enough production of hot shit. Padded Room is wack and the best music that he put out so far were those diss tracks. budden could use a marathon session with statik

  • Corey

    That CD is bananas..no joke!!