Throughout the years, Saga has had one advantage over the countless aspiring rappers — a sixth sense for authenticity. The drums and samples that fuel his music are nothing short of hard hitting and carefully chosen to match the depth of his lyrics. For Saga, there is no division between commercial and underground Hip-Hop, only what’s real. His rhymes are not anti-anything. Rather, they serve as a mirror through which you and he view himself, and the world. It’s through his music, that he hopes you find ideas that resonate with yourself. Saga understands that people are multi-faceted, so he wants to appeal not just to the hustler or fighter, but also the conscious, and responsible human.
When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Saga replied with a simple metaphor. “When you break up and write down what happened, you capture something that never changes. If you rewrite that story every year, the details may change, but what you feel each time remains the same.” Those raw emotions that you experience when you hear Saga’s music for the first time may never go away. It’s those very emotions that Saga has successfully been able to capture with his debut effort, From Out of the Shadows. Comprised of ten tracks, produced in most part by the Brooklyn by way of Toronto beatsmith, Marco Polo, Saga at long last steps from out of the shadows to tell his story.
Saga: Up feat. Blu [prod. by 20syl]
Saga’s latest hot streak of loosies (“If We” and “What You Want’) continues today with the super-smooth “Up,” which also celebrates his impending string of European shows opening for Asher Roth. But before he takes the stage in Basel, Switzerland this Saturday night, the Brooklyn resident is toasting the good life by putting his past behind him and focusing on the future. Despite leaving those folks in the dust, he’s not without worthwhile teammates. “Up” features a pair of equally talented collaborators. The jazzy, blunted instrumental is handled by acclaimed French producer/turntablist 20syl, whose accolades include four DMC championships as part of C2C. On the vocal side, the seemingly always-on Blu offers an assist throughout, which includes bringing home the third verse after Saga passes him the mic. Beyond kicking off Saga’s tour dates, the track’s release couldn’t be more appropriate. “Up” is definitely the type of tune you’ll be playing through the spring and well into the summer. The track is now available for stream, and can be purchased for download via iTunes and all major digital retailers.
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