Some chose to rap for the sole purpose of entertaining. Saigon's mission is deeper.
It took Giddy over four years to release his debut album [article id="1656981"]The Greatest Story Never Told[/article]independently after mounting label politics. His second LP didn't take as long, however, coming a year later. On Tuesday (November 6), the street savvy, politically minded MC released The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses while the country heads to the polls to decide the nation's course for the next four years. On Wednesday at 4 p.m. on RapFix.MTV.com, he will appear on [article id="1696762"]"RapFix Live."[/article]
The 18-track LP is set off properly with the transparent "Plant the Seed (What U Paid For)." Over calming piano keys and a steady drum roll, Giddy warns against false rhyme prophets when he spits: "Rap is no realer than wrestling or acting and the message is lacking."
At the top of "Blown Away," he makes a plea to free all political prisoners before he eulogizes deceased leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., JFK and Bob Marley. "Our Babies 2 (Crazy World)" runs down a list of grievances, but "Keep Pushing" provides hope to those stuck in a rut.
Singer Marsha Ambrosius shows up on the Canei French-produced "The Game Changer." "The song is just about my career. How I never conformed to the music industry when they tried to make me conform," Sai explained to MTV News. "If my music don't strum your soul, I ain't done my job."
When it comes to hip-hop's overall landscape, Sai definitely falls in the unsung hero category, but that doesn't mean his work is all less important. It's a point he ponders on "When Will You Love Me." "Maybe after I'm dead and gone, they'll get along/ Then they'll look back and see things I said in my song/ Hope I did enough right that it deaded my wrongs/ If I was to die tonight, I don't know where I'm goin'," he raps.
The good news is, fans don't have to wait for Saigon to inspire posthumously, with Greatest Story 2, he is hip-hop's living embodiment for change.
Catch Game, Swizz Beatz and Saigon on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET/ 1 p.m. PT on "RapFix Live," on RapFix.MTV.com, and be sure to join the Twitter conversation using the hashtag #RapFixLive. Send your questions for the artists @MTVRapFix!
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