Saigon Leaves Atlantic Records After Four Years

By Miles Bennett  |  05/21/2008

SaigonAfter several delays for his long-awaited debut, The Greatest Story Never Told, and a short stint at retirement, Saigon has revealed that he's left Atlantic Records, the label he's been signed to since 2004, reports

Last October, the rapper told MTV that he'd finally secured a release date of December for his debut album, but that date came and went. Due most likely to his single, "Pain In My Life," failing to take off last year.

According to Saigon, he had little to no support from the label after the A&R rep who signed him, Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua, left.

"They gave me $18,000 to shoot the video for 'Pain In My Life' and I'm seeing Plies get $100,000 and Lupe [Fiasco] get $150,000," he says. "What the f***? Those artists are friends of mine, but now I'm happier than I've been in a minute."

The rapper told that he's in talks with several major labels, and a non-traditional music company for a possible artist deal.

"I'm not that excited about going to a major label," Saigon said. "They would have to make it so I'm set for the rest of my life. They want too much for the little that they're giving.

"It's not like I didn't want to put out music," he continued. "But Atlantic wanted me to do ringtone songs but they didn't sign me as a ringtone artist."

His new single, "Believe It," dropped today, and revealed that he's been holding on to seven viral videos that's he waited to release until his contract was resolved.

It's not clear as to when he will leak the mentioned videos.