Saigon (rapper)

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Saigon
Background information
Birth nameBrian Daniel Carenard
Born(1977-07-13) July 13, 1977 (age 35)
OriginSpring Valley, New York
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper, Actor
Years active2001 – present
LabelsSuburban Noize Records, Fort Knocks Entertainment, Amalgam Digital
Associated actsJust Blaze, Tru-Life, Jay-Z, Scram Jones, Bun B, Fatman Scoop, Q-Tip, Trey Songz, Swollen Members, M.O.P., Kool G Rap
WebsiteOfficial site
 
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Saigon
Background information
Birth nameBrian Daniel Carenard
Born(1977-07-13) July 13, 1977 (age 35)
OriginSpring Valley, New York
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper, Actor
Years active2001 – present
LabelsSuburban Noize Records, Fort Knocks Entertainment, Amalgam Digital
Associated actsJust Blaze, Tru-Life, Jay-Z, Scram Jones, Bun B, Fatman Scoop, Q-Tip, Trey Songz, Swollen Members, M.O.P., Kool G Rap
WebsiteOfficial site

Brian Daniel Carenard (born July 13, 1977) better known by his stage name Saigon, is an American rapper and occasional actor.

Saigon is currently signed to Suburban Noize Records and Just Blaze's Fort Knocks Entertainment record label. After years of delay due to former record label interference, his album The Greatest Story Never Told is available now on Suburban Noize Records.[1][2] He is also known for his appearances in the HBO television series Entourage.

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Background

In the late 1990s, Brian "Saigon" Carenard was sentenced to jail time at Napanoch’s Eastern Correctional Facility, serving a sentence for first-degree assault after shooting at someone in a bar.[3] One day while in the recreation yard, Brian met a fellow inmate named Hakim, who rapped and had a reputation for incorporating positive messages, and heavy use of prestigious vocabulary in his rhymes.[3] Carenard would later state that battle rapping with Hakim would help instigate his personal rehabilitation, as he set a course for redemption through hip hop music.[3] While serving time, Brian named himself "Saigon" after reading Wallace Terry’s book about the Vietnam War.[3] This book helped realign the content and diction in Saigon's raps, as well as the advice of a prison lifer: "There’s no right way to do wrong."[3] Saigon was eventually released from prison in 2000, and immediately recorded mixtapes, with the goal of obtaining a record contract as a means to release a debut album, which he wanted to be titled "The Greatest Story Never Told".[3]

With the help of the underground buzz that he garnered over the years, Saigon signed a record deal with Atlantic Records in 2004.[3] Despite the co-sign from producer Just Blaze and collaborations with several acclaimed rap artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kool G Rap, Saigon's record label repeatedly balked at setting a release date for his debut album.[3] Saigon revealed that he realized as early as two months into his deal with Atlantic Records that there were problems.[3] He later recalled how his early excitement at signing to the same label that "had so much history with black music, like Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles" was quickly dampened when they suggested he record a radio-friendly song with the Miami-based R&B quartet, Pretty Ricky.[3] He also recalled a meeting with an Atlantic executive who told him "We need our three singles, then you can bust your artistic nut on the rest of the album."[3] Saigon however, wasn’t willing to compromise with this request, and only one year after signing with Atlantic, he hired a lawyer to work out a release from his label.[3] He explained "They signed me knowing the kind of music I was making, but then they try and change the direction".

This however didn’t prompt a break from his record company, as they offered a few stipends, leading him and his fans to believe they’d still eventually put the record out.[3] Saigon later suspected that Atlantic wanted to make sure he didn’t take the material elsewhere and benefit from the buzz he’d created.[3] While caught in this issue with Atlantic, Saigon continued to perform freestyles on hip hop radio shows, release mixtapes, and also continued to write and record The Greatest Story Never Told.[3] Despite not having an official album out, Saigon gradually became somewhat of a high profile hip hop artist, as he appeared on the covers of several magazines and had a recurring role playing himself on the hit HBO show Entourage.[3] Saigon was also managed by celebrity manager Glenn Toby.

Personal life

On the night of January 17, 2006, Saigon was stabbed in the temple with a wine bottle as he left a diner in Chelsea, Manhattan, NYC.[4] A man approached Saigon and attempted to steal a chain of his neck. When Saigon grabbed it back, a fight started. Saigon, bleeding from the head, tried to hail down a taxi, but was unsuccessful. As a result, Saigon ended up driving himself to Bellevue Hospital where he received seven stitches. On the night of September 19, 2007, after an impromptu performance by Saigon during a Mobb Deep show, words were exchanged between Saigon and Prodigy of Mobb Deep.[5] This escalated into an argument, which resulted with Saigon punching Prodigy twice in the face.[6] Two video versions of the events have since emerged. One version with slow motion footage shows a clear look of Saigon punching Prodigy, while another video being endorsed by Mobb Deep shows Saigon being chased and running out of the club.[7] On August 22, 2007, Saigon was arrested in Manhattan on felony weapon charges. According to the New York Post, a small knife was found by authorities in Saigon's car after he was pulled over for a traffic infraction. Saigon was released on $1500 bail, and appeared in court on December 5, 2007. At the end of 2008, Saigon became a father. His daughter's name is Rayne Dior Carenard and she was the inspiration for his single "Fatherhood". She also appears in the music video of the song, which was directed by Derek Pike.[8]

Discography

Studio Albums

Mixtapes

Singles

Collaborations

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2005–2006EntourageHimself4 episodes
2006Rap Sheet: Hip-Hop and the drops
Bring That Year Back 2006: Laugh Now, Cry LaterTV


References

  1. ^ http://www.suburbannoizerecords.com/?page=album/view/130
  2. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.13347/title.saigon-the-greatest-story-never-told-tracklisting-artwork-revealed
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Mlyner, Phillip (February 23, 2011). The Seven-Year War of Saigon - Page 1 - Music - New York. The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2011-02-23.
  4. ^ Shaheem Reid (January 19, 2006).Saigon Assaulted Outside Diner In New York MTV. Accessed November 4, 2006.
  5. ^ Saigon, Mobb Deep Get Into Physical Altercation During Music Showcase In New York BallerStatus.com (September 20, 2007). Accessed December 19, 2007.
  6. ^ Saigon Punches Prodigy of Mobb Deep HipHopDX.com (September 20, 2007). Accessed November 21, 2007.
  7. ^ Saigon Talks Fight With Prodigy Sohh.com (September 20, 2007). Accessed November 21, 2007.
  8. ^ Kayser, Brian (2009-01-22). "Saigon". HipHopGame.com. http://www.hiphopgame.com/index2.php3?page=saigon12209. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/r-b-hip-hop-albums?chartDate=2009-10-25&order=gainer

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