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— by Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Rahman Dukes

Artist: Saigon

Mixtape: Abandoned Nation

Representing: Jail yards everywhere

The 411: The underground buzz on Saigon has been hitting heavier than that time Ralph Kramden came falling on top of Alice at the skating rink — and it looks like the masses will finally get to hear Sai's debut LP, The Greatest Story Ever Told, this year. You couldn't ask for a better producer in your corner than Just Blaze, who is executive producing Sai's LP and releasing it through his Ft. Knox Entertainment. This mixtape is purely a return to the essence of the culture. No ice, no models #&8212; strictly skills and real narratives. DJ Whoo Kid helped put out this mixtape.

Joints To Check For:

  • "Freestyle with Nas." Although Saigon basically just puts his own verse on Nas' "War" from the Street's Disciple LP, this union seems so natural: two MCs painting their story on a musical canvas. "Ever since I was little, bitches said, 'He a dummy'/ 'Cause one year I went to church and beat up the Easter Bunny/ Now it's every day I hit God with silent praise/ So he can help me resolve some of my violent days/ I was locked up for 400 holidays/ Was in the peasey when I heard 'Eazy has died from AIDS,' " Saigon raps.

  • "All I Know." Too short, like the rapper. Saigon teases us with 90 seconds of throwing words around like a shot-putter over this soul track.

  • "Breathe Thru the Years." Straight rewind material here. You will have no choice but to listen closely to lyrics like, "Why is it in whatever case/ When somebody died they say he in a better place/ Even though when he was alive he never prayed/ 'Cause he was too busy focusing on the cheddar chase/ You think God just wiped all his sins away?"

Don't Sleep: Other Notable Selections This Week

  • Vlad the Butcher's Hot in Here #6
  • Whoo Kid's Moisture Mixtape and Live at 50's House
  • Twista's Tailwinds
  • Cutmaster C's "True Stories" DVD
  • Big Mike's The Contender
  • DJ Drama, DJ Don Cannon and DJ Sense's Got That Purp
  • DJ Exclusive's Game Time

'Hood's Heavy Rotation: Bubbling Below The Radar
  • "And You Don't Stop" by Beanie Sigel featuring Snoop Dogg
  • "My Fo, Fo" by Fat Joe
  • "Why Nas?" by Lake
  • "For the Nasty" by Q-Tip featuring Busta Rhymes
  • "Police in Helicopter" by M.O.P.
  • "Incredible Feeling" by Slim Thug
  • "Angel Dust" by Cormega featuring Mobb Deep
  • "Keep Sweatin' " by Ray J featuring Fat Joe

Celebrity Favs

Sexy lil' mama Jessica White, whose pretty face is on the cover of Sports Illustrated's 2005 swimsuit issue, says she loves the thugs and the originators of soul. "Old rhythm and blues: Sam Cooke, Al Green, Donny Hathaway," she said of what's in her stereo. "I grew up [listening to] Martha Reeves and the Vandellas. I'm also listening to the Game. I went and got his album; it's dope. And T.I. Those are the two recent CDs I have. Everything else is just old."

The Streets Is Talking: News & Notes From The Underground

As of right now, the name "State Property" only exists as a clothing label, a film company and the title of a movie and its sequel. The chain gang itself is on an indefinite hiatus.

Beanie Sigel has been in solitary confinement for the past 60 days, but he is still able to receive visitors — and apparently give out orders. He's passed down a very clear mandate to his good friend Dame Dash.

"I just know the order he sent me is that there is no State Property until he gets home, period," Dash said last Monday in New York. "That's that. All I can do is carry out that order, 'cause that's my brother."

Beans' mother, Michelle Brown-Derry, says that her son believes his homies — with the exception of Oschino — have turned their collective backs on him. Since going to jail late last year (see "Beanie Sigel Sentenced To A Year In Prison For Gun Charge"), he hasn't heard from Young Gunz, Sparks, Peedi Crakk or even Freeway, who seemed to have the tightest bond with the Broad Street Bully.

"It seems that Beanie was instrumental in getting all of those guys to the point where they was at," mama Sigel said on Friday. "His question is, 'Where is the love?' There's no loyalty, no love being shown at all. There was not a letter from any of these guys other than Oschino out of that whole State Property crew."

Ms. Michelle, as she is called by Beanie's friends and business associates, says she is surprised that the crew seems to have faltered, especially since some of her son's homies were so supportive during the trial.

"As it [became] obvious he was going away, everyone got scared," she determined. "It seems like they counted him out like he wasn't coming home. It's just unfair."

Contractually, all the artists who once rolled as the Philadelphia collective are still on Roc-A-Fella, which of course was sold to Def Jam and is now being run solely by Jay-Z (see "Jay-Z, Dame Dash Sell Roc-A-Fella Records; Jay Named Def Jam Prez").

"They seem to feel content where they are at," she lamented, before clarifying that Sigs has no problem with Jay-Z. "They were originally signed to Roc-A-Fella with the knowledge that once Beanie received his label, they would be transferred to Beanie's label. But they seemed content to stay signed to Roc-A-Fella. The bottom line is there was just no loyalty, period."

"Whoever decided to make certain choices without talking to Beans is a little out of line anyway," Dame added. "It doesn't mean that there is no State Property, it just means that they don't believe in what we believed in as far as that independent spirit and should have had enough respect to go to Beans. But certain people feel there was never a State Property anyway."

Dash was referring to Sigel's choice to start up a label under the Dame Dash Music Group umbrella. Despite being incarcerated, and without any artists in his fold, he is forging forward. Sigel shot five videos before going to jail, and the latest, "And You Don't Stop," is scheduled to begin airing soon. Sigel's third LP, The B. Coming, is coming on March 29, with "State Property 2" hitting theaters on July 13. His mother says that he is looking at brand new artists, one of whom may be his fiancee, Melissa, who sings on the underground smash "Change Gon' Come."

The former members of State Property could not be reached for comment.

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