Friday, December 15, 2023

Saigon and Fredo featuring Grandmaster Caz - "Lyrical Genius"

For their upcoming collaborative album, Brooklyn rapper Saigon and Swedish producer Fredo wanted to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of hip hop, specifically "the Jordan era" of 1986 to 1996." For their new single, "Lyrical Genius," they enlisted the legendary MC Grandmaster Caz. This song certainly doesn't sound like anything from this century. "Lyrical Genius" is purely old school, and reminds me a lot of vintage Def Jam or Delicious Vinyl releases. This is the best style of throwback song, and sounds like it's from both the 80's and 90's in its production. Saigon and Fredo have given us a perfect way to prepare for your weekend.

Saigon talks about the upcoming album and collaboration with Grandmaster Caz:

“I made The Jordan Era to celebrate the reason I am the man I am today.  I remember my mother listening to the Cold Crush Brothers, whose main lyricist was a guy named Grandmaster Caz. Growing up, I idolized Big Daddy Kane.  When I got a chance to meet him, he told me he idolized Grandmaster Caz.  My generation, we are the grand-babies of Caz; so making this record and video is an ode to the amazing culture of Hip-Hop that I am so proud to be a part of.”

You can watch the video for "Lyrical Genius" below. The Jordan Era is due out in early 2024 on Payday Records. For more on Saigon, check him out on Instagram. You can find Fredo on Instagram here.

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