First Saigon dropped his "All In A Day's Work" album. An album recorded in a little over a day (26 hours) with Statik Selektah that is more than 95% of the rap game could accomplish if they had five years. I purchased it on the first day it was released and know that it's a piece of timeless hip hop that will still have replay value many years from now. That's what separates Sai from many of the here today gone tomorrow rappers that are out there. He doesn't just make music of today. He makes music that will outlive him.
Here's the 1st offical single "the Rules" from the "All In A Day's Work" album.
(Speaking of Saigon, here's a video that I just recently found on youtube for his mixtape classic "True Story" which was first released on his 2005 mix cd "Abandoned Nation Vol. 1") This song is a great example of why I tell people that Saigon is a more lyrical and real version of Tupac.
Now the super group Slaughterhouse (consisting of Crooked I, Royce 5'9, Joe Budden, & Joell Ortiz) released a video to their instant classic "Move On (remix)."
The lone west coast representer "Crooked I" bats clean up and absolutely bodies this track (starting at 6:05).
Back in Cali n*ggas blaze and stress
waitin' on Detox to save the west
Even if that sh*t is dope
it ain't givin' you n*ggas hope
unless your signatures wrote
on a check from Interscope (nope)
This could turn out to be one of the best years for quality hip hop music in a long time with releases from Saigon (the Greatest Story Never Told), Cormega (Born & Raised), Crooked I, and Dr. Dre (Detox).
Now if we could only get them to start playing some quality hip hop on the radio... But the more people are exposed to real lyrical rappers like these individuals they will be as disgusted as I am every time I hear Lil' Wayne, a casual rap fan, or some weak-sauce magazine like Blender (that doesn't know anything about hip hop) say Wayne's the best rapper alive.
Just like people remember how AI crossed over Jordan, all I can remember when I compare Lil' Wayne and TI is when TI murdered him on "Swagga Like Us."