Today, July 13, is the birthday of Saigon, one of New York's finest MCs. He is now 41.

While serving a prison bid for first degree assault, 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-hop 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.

After a stint on reality TV on the VH1 show Love and Hip-Hop, Sai once again returned to his potent New York rap style in 2014 with G.S.N.T.3.: The Troubled Times Of Brian Carenard. In 2017, Saigon linked up with Boston rapper Termanology to address police brutality in the song "We're Both Wrong."

Happy Birthday Saigon!

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