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 The Greatest Story Never Toldindependently 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 "RapFix Live."
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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