The NY Hip Hop Report, New York’s #1 hip hop talk radio show, returned from a late-2013 hiatus with a longer show, new format and two dynamic artists as guests, Saigon and Homeboy Sandman.
First, an exceptionally talented wordsmith whose Greatest Story Never Told, almost wasn’t. Despite a buzz that extended from the streets to the TV screen, record label politics sidelined Saigon’s career for years. Despite the setbacks, the Brooklyn representative maintained, releasing a string of mixtape projects, keeping his name alive over the years. Now, with a seemingly secure business model, and a Love & Hip Hop-fueled resurgence of notoriety, “The Yardfather” is back in the position he once was, except this time, he’s looking to do things “His Way.”
Saigon joined us on air to talk about his current TV role, his upcoming one man show “Hip Hop My Way” and the next chapter of The Greatest Story Never Told, due out in May, with expected production by DJ Premier and Just Blaze. He was particularly poignant recalling his relationship with Chris Lighty, the industry heavyweight who passed away unexpectedly in 2012.
After speaking with Saigon, show hosts Manny Faces and Steven Ortiz welcomed the inimitable Homeboy Sandman to the show. After naming Homeboy Sandman the first of BirthplaceMag.com’s “5 Reasons Why New York Hip Hop Doesn’t Suck” several years ago, Homeboy Sandman has been living up to the anointment. Thanks to signing with Stones Throw Records, a worldwide tour schedule and several great releases, the rest of the world is now finding out what us New Yorkers in the know have been privileged to witness for years.
Homeboy Sandman talked about his upcoming EP and full-length projects, as well as giving listeners a glimpse inside his creative process. He spoke about the state of New York hip hop and what can be expected from his January 18th show at the Gramercy Theater, along with YC The Cynic, I Am Many, Open Mike Eagle and Tone Tank.