The frustration of such a missed opportunity to cross-promote projects hasn't been lost on Saigon, who has, via his MySpace blog, threatened retirement at least twice this year. But it would behoove him to hang on just a little bit longer; there are rumblings that the album will finally emerge in 2008. More importantly, his talent for weaving amazing cautionary tales of street life is still fresh, needed, and, as an ex-con, actually coming from a real place. Check out the rapper Jay-Z calls "the world's most underrated" (on the remix to Saigon's song "Come On Baby") in a rare live appearance in the Bay Area. Popular KMEL on-air DJ Big Von opens.
Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m., 2007