President Barack Obama has endured both praise and criticism from Hip Hop. Now, Saigon can be added to the list of emcees like Lupe Fiasco and Killer Mike who believe that the President’s legacy has room for improvement.
“As we see now, I think I was right,” said Saigon of Obama in a recent interview on Vlad TV. “Because Obama came in with the whole ‘change.’ His whole thing was ‘change.’ And I love Barack Obama, and I love what he’s done so far, but I haven’t seen a change.”
Saigon listed what shortcomings he felt were typified in the Obama administration. “I don’t see no transparency in the government like he promised. I don’t see no less military action… The troops went from Iraq to Afghanistan. And the whole thing with drones, that shows you that he doesn’t yield that much power, because everything he said would be different is still the same. We still at war, we still banging out, the people have still fucked up healthcare. I know you can’t change something overnight, but don’t continue the war… I still hear him use the term ‘The War on Terror,’ when that was all propaganda! There was never really a War on Terror.”
Saigon also addressed Lord Jamar’s recent comments that homosexuality has no place in Hip Hop. “A person’s sexual preference is their business,” said Saigon. “I don’t understand the agenda of pushing your sexuality down people’s throats. I don’t even see why that’s talked about so much… I think homosexuality has more to do with sex than with love, so I don’t understand pushing the agenda of a sexual thing down people’s throats, because it’s something that should be done in the comfort of your own bedroom. Like, if me and my wife like to freak off and do freaky shit, that don’t…that ain’t nothing I should bring to the forefront of the life.”
Saigon continued, “I got gay family; I’m sure there are people that I talk to that might be gay,” he said. “But I don’t care, because that’s your business. If that’s what you want to do in your private, in your own thing, it doesn’t bother me. It doesn’t bother me at all. It used to bother me when I was young, because… you don’t like a lot of things. But at the same token, if that’s what you prefer…do what you want. That ain’t got nothin’ to do with me.”
Watch the interview below: