Rapper Saigon has offered an explanation for some controversial comments that he made in a recent audio recording.
The recording, released by SOHH, saw the rapper offering harsh critiques of certain aspects of the industry. In it, he apparently dug his claws into Maybach Music CEO, Rick Ross, as well as dissing Big Sean.
The interview features the comment, "[Rick Ross is] rapping about selling kilos of cocaine and selling drugs. This is what he’s about, this whole lifestyle saying he’s so rich and he eats shrimp every night, and y'all support this shit? Y'all broke and poor and your family’s about to get kicked out."
Now, Saigon has clarified the statements via a vlog post, stating that they were not specifically or solely aimed at Ross at all.
"It ain't just Rick Ross, first of all," he explained. "It ain't even Rick Ross; Rick Ross is an artist. It's [Chairman and CEO of Sony Entertainment] Doug Morris. It's Universal Records. It's Sony Records. It's Radio One. It's Clear Channel. These [artists are] pawns. These people is pawns to the same people who enslaved us."
Saigon added that he patched things up with Ross via Twitter.
"I don't know him-know him, but me and him have a rapport," he said. "So I went on Twitter and I @'ed him; I don't ever @ nobody. I said, 'Look man, I got nothin' but respect for you. Do you. Feed your family. But I'm in my lane, so I gotta do what I gotta do regardless."
- By Fiona Guest