Atlantic Records had something with Saigon

23 Sep

SaigonJust Blaze began his career as just an in-house producer for Roc-A-Fella Records. However, when most of the Roc’s artists ended up making hit singles off of Just Blaze beats, other people started calling on him. Soon, Just was one of the hottest producers in the industry.

Despite being one of hip hop’s elite, Just Blaze maintained an ear to the street. When Just Blaze was just beginning to gain the attention and respect that he now has, an underground rapper from Brooklyn named Saigon was making his name known. He was on the mixtape scene and his lyricism had gained him comparisons to Nas.

After a while, Just Blaze and Saigon linked up. With his hot beats and Sai’s hot rhymes, it made perfect sense for Blaze to create his own label. He pitched the idea to both Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam, but both labels turned him down. Atlantic Records bit at the project and they granted Just Blaze a vanity label.

That label became Fort Knocks Entertainment. It was launched during the summer of 2004 and Saigon’s first album was supposed to be released in early 2005. At the time, Atlantic Records did not have an East Coast hip hop presence. Outside of Juvenile, Twista, and T.I., there was not much talent on the label.

With Saigon on the label, they had that East Coast guy and they had talent. But, for unknown reasons, his album was pushed back throughout the year of 2005. His debut album, The Greatest Story Never Told, was to be one of the greatest in hip hop history. It is a shame the way that his project was treated.

Easily, Saigon was the best rapper on the label, if he had been given a chance, he would have become a star. But, the label went under new management and they were even worse than the people that signed Saigon to the label. After four years of being mistreated, Saigon left Atlantic Records.

When the deal first began, Saigon was a promising, young, rapper. Now, he is a rapper in his early 30s that has yet to release his debut album. However, he has returned to the mixtape scene and he is still hailed as one of the best rappers in the game.

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