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First impressions review
on December 16, 2012
Disclaimer: I'm reviewing this while listening to the album for the fist time. Saigon is and has always been real, even if a bit detached. If you're already familiar with him, you already know this--he was once considered sort of a prodigy in the rap game. However, he is not and has never been close to the greatest rapper out in recent memory, something just hasn't really materialized. The reason I'm giving this three stars here is that this album just comes off kind of corny. Some of the beats, r&b hooks, voice overs, etc. just feel out-dated and unpolished. Greatest Story Part 1 suffered similar shortcomings, maybe it's just partly his style. I understand and respect that what he brings is genuine, but the fact remains: There's polished, professionally produced albums that I'll replay for years, there's classics, and then there's non-classics that can still sound decent but just lack something special. Bread & Circuses isn't really any of those. It's real, it sounds good at times, but a lot of it won't even stick with you for long.
It is what it is, which is pretty surface-level. Despite those criticisms I still say buy it because everybody needs to support real hip hop and real artists, especially when it's conscious and with a positive message. But there's other artists out there doing it bigger and better who deserve 4- and 5-star reviews. Just know what to expect when you buy.