Saigon Is Released From Atlantic Records

New York rapper Saigon is released from his deal with Atlantic Records after years of going back and forth over an album that was never released.

While in London, Brooklyn emcee Saigon announced Thursday to SoulCultureTV that he's been released from Atlantic Records. "I just got my release from Atlantic yesterday. Literally, a good release, a fair release," he stated.

He went on to say, “Moving forward, I’m not gonna position myself to where I’m just somebody’s artist and they can have me just sitting around not able to put out music," he added, "I’m gonna play the game by my rules. When I was talking about quitting it was more so saying that 'I’m quitting playing it their way', I’m doing it my way from now on.”

Saigon, who has had problems with the label for years, publicly announced his discontent towards Atlantic in 2007 via MySpace, "Atlantic doesnt seem to have the desire to release [The Greatest Story Never Told]. I just think the once great Atlantic Records has been belittled down to a home of ringtone making artists, like they sign the great jingle writers and real artist like myself dont get a chance to showcase my musical abilities."

In 2008, an announcement made on Just Blaze's blog confirmed that the album had been released from Atlantic as well as complete ownership to Saigon.

The Greatest Story Never Told was never released but is slated to drop sometime this year on Amalgam Digital and Just Blaze's record label, Fort Knocks Entertainment.

Video courtesy of Soul Culture

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33 Comments

  • ok?

    Released? More like DROPPED in slow motion!

  • Kyor Lohen

    Just Blaze has moved on to Jay Electronica and will very soon forget Saigon.

    • bonghitsofbluntroaches

      sai gitty got spit he dont need just blaze they work nicely together but he dont need blaze hes the yardfather

  • Kyor Lohen

    Just Blaze has moved on to Jay Electronica and will very soon forget Saigon.

  • Kyor Lohen

    Just Blaze has moved on to Jay Electronica and will very soon forget Saigon.

  • LAfine

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  • Tizz Da Xtraordanaire

    I hope homie don't try to re-make the album, it never comes out sounding they way they promised when they do that. I know sounds become dated but to me the album loses focus and ends up disappointing. Case in point Busta Rhymes "Back on my BS" it sounded promising from the songs that leaked and were mentioned in listening sessions, but when it came out all the songs that were heard at first didn't make the album and it just ended up being a solid release. I know with the label politics that they are not always able to bring all the tracks with them but Saigon said he got his album so hopefully thats what we get. I know he probably won't sell a whole lot of copies but if the album is a classic it will be remembered for years to come.

    • DreamMaker

      It ain't even about record sales at this point. Because nobody is really selling anything in 2010. But he can do decent for himself if he stays on the underground lane. Pick the right songs, and I'm sure he can do well easily independent.

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  • Ivan187

    WTF is this? Didn't he allready leave Atlantic about two years ago, took his whole album with him and signed with Amalgram Digital? Really I don't wanna hear anything from that dude until "The Greatest Story" comes out. But like "Detox" it never will so just fuck that shit.

  • insanemacbeth

    good news. keep it moving, SAI.

  • Come on

    I like Kid cudi too!! but Cudi is not better than saigon dude I'm sorry i usually don't argue opinions but that was just way of line there saigon would spits circles around Cudi there even too different to compare...way too different to compare actually

  • HHFAN

    I hope he does well, but he might have missed the boat. Remember that void after "Hip Hop is Dead"? It got filled by guys like Wayne, Drake, Cudi, etc.

    • HoustonTx

      TS444 you are out of your mind. Lyrically saigon would destroy cudi. Saigon is a smart guy. The only reason he never really got on is because the masses are not trying to hear saigon. I look forward to the day when real hip hop artists are on the radio everywhere.

    • TS444

      Cudi is WAAAAAAY better than Saigon, so what's your point?

  • Pen

    Hope he gets signed again he can spit

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  • D.D.410wutup

    wtf! Bishop, Joel, and a shit more have been getting this kind of treatment.. I swear, it's label politics thats killing hip hop... I'm disappointed now that Saigon is going through this. I just wanna hear some fresh modern day hip hop.. Is that to much to ask for?

  • Mazzerati Blox

    back to the pizza shop huh. HNIC 4 LIFE

  • daveg

    Keep it goin Sai. Your true fans are here to hold you down. These little soulja boy kids don't understand real hiphop. Keep on pushin boy.

  • 5% nation of hip hop

    A set back meaning there's much bigger things to come, hold it up sai!!!

  • blackwallguerilla

    FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST, THANK GOD ALMIGHTY HE'S FREE AT LAST Finally we get The Greatest Story Never Told, but contrary to the story above I think we can more than assume that Amalgam Digital will not be involved in any way shape or form. Sai has already spoken on how disappointed he was with their work regarding his critically acclaimed All in a Days Work and Warning Shots 2.

  • Big Liss

    My thing is, why are these niggas trying to sign to majors when they know the majors ain't trying to fuck with real emcees these days. Unless you got on in the early days or between 1998- 2004, majors ain't really tryin to fuck with nobody that's tryin to make real music. They lookin for them one hit wonders. So why not go the independent route? You still get your money and you still get to build your clientele on tours. Rhymesayers been doing it for the longest now. Saigon has a decent fan base in NY. He should just roll with that until something better comes along. If he keeps goin the way he's goin, the nigga gonna end up delivering pizzas for a living.

  • google

    Who gives a fuck? the nicca is wet tissue!! Didnt Joe Budden ether the Nicca? wack azz nicca, Stick a fork in him and pour some A-1 sauce on him hes done.

    • krime

      It was ghostwritten by rhymefest?? really?? are you willing to put money on that response?? lol show me proof.. any blog, video, etc.. all I saw were threads on dumbass little websites about it... saigon gave it to joe budden fair & square! hitting him with cold FACTS!... All joe budden did was say some slick lines & throw saigon name in there.. Im not sayin joey came wack but he definitely didnt do damage to saigon

    • Pen

      It pushing buddens was ghostwritten by rhymefest and still lost

    • krime

      Nigga sai KILLED joe budden!!! did u not hear "Pushing Buddens"??? u must be fucing retarded coming with that!! "U at da barber shop, begging Fab to be on your mixtape/ knowing that he nut in your bitch face!/" there is countless more one-liners that sai DESTROYED budden with!! Joey may THINK he can battle anybody & kill them, but that nigga found his match when he went against siagon! believe that

    • DreamMaker

      This ain't about Joe Budden or the fact that you don't like him. Hate him or not, he's been doing this almost 10 years and still surviving the game. So he's doing something right. Y'all can say he isn't going to blow up, he's wack and he won't sell any records. But half the rappers you listen to now really are wack, and are not selling any records. Even with a hit single. Sai may not be the greatest MC, but he is dope and talented, people just forgot that. Budden or anything else that has been done in his down time, has got nothing to do with his music. And I wish people would pay attention to that instead. But I guess that's the new Hip Hop fans now.

  • It's Um

    That's right that's what manners are for, to make sure your best intrest are involve.

  • vadasd

    it should say FINALLY released! lol! i sure hope this album was worth the wait, and i still wanna hear papoose album and the other NY artist that got screwed over the last 4 years!

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