Saigon's been in the news a lot lately, and not always under the best circumstances.
In August he was pulled over for making an illegal turn and subsequently arrested for carrying a weapon. The rapper was driving someone else's car at the time and claimed he was unaware that there was a pocket knife stored in its console. Saigon is due back in court to face the charge on December 5.
And then there was a recent run-in with Mobb Deep in September at a showcase sponsored by New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97. Saigon blogged about it, talked about it and, according to him, has said all he's going to say about the incident. (To hear the Mobb's response to the altercation, check out Mixtape Monday.)
But for every dark cloud, the rain eventually stops pouring and makes way for sunny days. In other words, Saigon can take it a bit easier now as a new headline makes the rounds: He finally has a release date set for his debut album.
The Yardfather phoned MTV News to give us the exclusive that
his Just Blaze-produced project, The Greatest Story Never Told, is scheduled to hit shelves December 4.
Guess there really is no such thing as bad publicity after all.
"I feel good about the timing, and I'm totally confident about coming in the fourth quarter with the big dogs," Sai said over the weekend.
It has certainly been well documented that the rapper has been waiting a long time for the album's release, from his early alliance with Mark Ronson to his later, sometimes rocky collaboration with Just Blaze.
Saigon and Blaze went back and forth in blog posts earlier in the year, clashing over the delay of Sai's lead single, "Come on Baby," due to sample-clearance issues.
But Sai and Just eventually quashed their differences, and in September they filmed a clip in New York for the single, featuring Swizz Beatz, with director Edwin Decena at the helm.
Just Blaze also recently premiered the long-rumored remix to "Come on Baby," featuring a guest verse from Jay-Z, at Jay's 40/40 sports club in Manhattan on Saturday night, where there was an impromptu afterparty celebrating Kanye West and LeBron James' "Saturday Night Live" appearance.