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Saigon - conducted by DJ Hyphen  

Saigon: Sunday Night Sound Session

August 2006

MVRemix: No doubt. Are you gonna be the only Hip Hop person on that soundtrack? I don't really know which others have worked with the show?

Saigon: Nah, there's... Atlantic is doing it so there's pretty much a bunch of Atlantic artists.

MVRemix: How did you initially get linked up with the Entourage show?

Saigon: My man G Robinson, he works with Hip Hop, Since 1978, the company that brought me to Atlantic, with Just Blaze to make the whole deal go smoothly... Knew Steve Levinson and they wanted to add more Hip Hop on the show, they wanted to add a rapper on the show. So he got me to audition, he flew me out to Cali. He heard the music... It was really the music that sold the execs, even Mark Wahlberg... They heard the music and were like, "Yeah, this is what we want. Something fresh." So it was a good look.

MVRemix: I know a lot of the fans want to know about your current involvement in the upcoming season and everything. Can you reveal anything about your character that people may not know yet?

Saigon: I don't know if they been watching the season so far, but Turtle been gettin' me on the radio, on the show gettin' me some love. So we're pretty much gonna add on and Turtle gonna start running even harder to get my foot in the door. I'm comin' back though, that's all I can say. I'll be back on the show.

MVRemix: Did you ever watch the show beforehand? Or did you just kind of pick up on it once you started being involved with it?

Saigon: Really after I got involved with it. I didn't know nothin' about the show because it was like barely one season in before I came, and they'd only done eight episodes of the show and they were already that popular. I came in the second season, the show really started pickin' up in the second season, so I started watching the second season.

MVRemix: So you can take credit for that...

Saigon: Yeah! You know they always big me up, they always let me know a lot of people like my character because they get calls and they get reviews. Like they didn't like the dude "Dom" who came out of jail, they fuck with my character. So that's a good look because it shows people are embracing the whole Saigon shit and hopefully that opens me to a whole 'nother demographic. It was a good look man, hopefully it goes good when I've got a record on the market.

MVRemix: With the appearance on the show you're definitely branching out, you're not just hitting the Hip Hop crowd, you're reaching everybody. So, with the messages that you're putting in the music, what do you hope to accomplish in being able to reach such a wide crowd. What are you trying to teach the people?

Saigon: I just want people to realize that we in a good position, being in America, but at the same time, as far as black people - we deserve a lot more than what we got. Even as far as music alone, as Hip Hop music, we just... We created this music, and it's all good, but we don't see... We used to get the crumbs - we don't know how to use our power a lot of times. It's pretty much just know that we ain't gotta kill each other, everything ain't gotta be violent, everything ain't gotta be sexual - there's still issues we need to address and the music is a weapon. Music is a weapon, it moves settings, walls, creates good. You can inspire a riot with music, or you can calm a riot down. So lets start using this music for more than just saying, "Hey, I've got nice cars and a lot of girls," or shit like that, because the same drum that we use for Hip Hop in the slave days we was using it to communicate and letting motherfuckers know we were gonna try to run. It serves the same purpose to this day. You look at Melle Mel, "Broken glass everywhere..." The first big rap song was "The Message" and songs like "White Lines," these songs was tryin' to school the youth and school people on a lot of shit that's goin' on. That's what I try to do with some of my music, like "Color Purple," like "Shock TV," my whole album is a big ass public service announcement.

MVRemix: Do you think people are ready to hear that?

Saigon: Yeah they ready! 'Cause they motherfuckin' tired of people sayin' "I'm a gangsta... I'm a thug... I did this one time in jail." Too many people, the shit is gettin' tired.

MVRemix: I guess the better question, is the "machine" ready to push something like that?

Saigon: We shall see man, we shall see. I think if the music is good enough, you have a good chance of them being behind you. They see the people want this shit, they gon' get behind it.

MVRemix: We were just at lunch yesterday with Buckshot and Steele from BCC, the conversation turned to 'Pac and he had to just beat in the system in a sense, you know? He had created this image that was very genuine and everything, but the image that they didn't necessarily want to see pushed - but they had to push it.

Saigon: Exactly. Because the people wanted it. That's the same thing with me, it's like there's enough people out there that's ready to think. There's more than four/five million people out there that have their heads on right. Everybody is not a follower. I look at it like cattle, and I'm the shephard. The majority of people are like the cattle, they follow. Where everybody else is going, they follow... When you have enough leaders, people, authentic people who are gonna teach these people who are followers where to go. So my music is for the leaders. If you look at every little crew, in every little neighbourhood, lets say there's a crew of ten people - there's one leader than leads the rest of these people. There's nine people that follows this one person. So if I can get through to this one person, then I've got ten fans. 'Cause he gon' come to them and be like, "This is what's up, it ain't that bullshit that you rockin' - this is what's up right here," and that's how Saigon's shit has spreaded so far.

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