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To many people slept on Saigon’s album ‘Greatest Story Never Told’. Mostly produced by Just Blaze, the album was highly anticipated and had many false starts and push backs from his label, Atlantic Records, until it started reaching a mythic status. Sai got fed up and was finally able to pull from the label with full rights to the album, and it was eventually released independently by Suburban Noize. I think if this album got the proper promotion it was supposed to get, it would have been a hit. It is front to back heat, and in my opinion a recent on the low classic. Unfortunately, not enough ears have heard it, and it’s sold under 20k. A straight up shame, with the knowledge Sai drops he should be a few times platinum. Here is a standout track: Saigon - Clap (Feat. Faith Evans)
The album ‘¡MursDay!’, the collaboration of Murs and ¡MayDay! (both of Strange Music), is one of my favorite albums of Summer 2014. It’s lively, charged, energetic music with full, layered production (reminds me of Outkast in a lot of cases) and some great raps from Murs and the ¡MayDay! cats. Both the LA and Miami influences are felt, which probably makes it that much better of a Summer album. This is the cut ‘Brand New Get Up’, which I think gives a good example of the overall feel of the album. Don’t sleep.
One of the great things about this new crop of rappers and producers, is you have a whole generation of kids that grew up on Pharrell, the Neptunes, and NERD. The inspiration shows. Wara from the NBHD is obviously influenced by the Neptunes, and his heavily textured synth productions are all the better from it. Plus this guys raps are smart and street, think Freddie Gibbs. With all the comparisons though, this guy is a talent that stands all on his own, and I think if the fair thing happens, he will be blowing up soon. WARA FROM THE NBHD - BEIGE