The Greatest Story Never Told

Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 0 out of 13
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  1. Mar 10, 2011
    80
    It's the kind of thing that requires a commitment from the listener, but Saigon and the people around him are talented enough to pull it off, even to make it enjoyable, which makes The Greatest Story Never Told one definitely worth hearing.
  2. Mar 21, 2011
    70
    We're not left with the emotional impact I feel Saigon desired, but we are left with supreme evidence Atlantic should have put this album out years ago.
  3. Mar 9, 2011
    100
    Told is worth the wait; raising Saigon's profile is probably Entourage's greatest/only gift to the world, at least where hip-hop is concerned.
  4. Feb 16, 2011
    75
    Don't consider Saigon's The Greatest Story Never Told his debut, but his farewell. It is a goodbye to the discarded first chapter of his career. The half-decade-in-the-making effort needed to be released in order for the rapper to move on.
  5. 100
    The fact that Greatest Story didn't drop on a major just attests to how perverted the industry is. That said, the delicious and anthemic Just Blaze beats, money cameos, and precise orchestration that spoiled deals afforded render this the last great major-label rap album of all time - even though it's on an indie.
  6. It's too bad it couldn't find release on a major, but still a victory. Yet, that doesn't make this album, as Saigon once declared it, the best record of the last 20 years. It makes it a good one.
  7. Although The Greatest Story Never Told almost never saw the light of day, Saigon is an artist that needs to be on every hip-hop head's radar if he isn't already.
  8. Feb 24, 2011
    80
    What really strikes you about its 17 tracks (only two failed to make the final cut due to sample- and guest-artist-clearance issues) is Saigon's sincerity.
  9. Feb 15, 2011
    90
    Saigon has had the time to craft an epic hip-hop album that's a fitting testament to his skill and his sheer force of will.
  10. Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Whether you've been patiently waiting for five years or just recently got into Saigon's music, The Greatest Story Never Told delivers a stimulating message that is as cautionary as it is entertaining.
  11. Saigon don't play. He's a social realist and a realist moralist who makes his seriousness work for him.
  12. Aug 4, 2011
    80
    Instead being flooded with a viral marketing campaign and absurdly hyperbolic praise or scorn, listening to this album feels like a discovery, like finding a dope album in your friend's collection you'd never heard before.
  13. Mar 18, 2011
    91
    Even though there were a few points at which this album dragged for me, (see back to back six-minute songs), there is no doubt that this is not only a strong debut for Saigon, but a strong album that indicates he'll be a force in hip-hop for years to come.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 34 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. NJR
    Feb 25, 2011
    9
    Very nice LP. Not groundbreaking or classic, just good rhymes over dope beats, this is what Hip Hop needs more of. Although a great effort,Very nice LP. Not groundbreaking or classic, just good rhymes over dope beats, this is what Hip Hop needs more of. Although a great effort, some tracks feel a bit dated, this is really my only criticism of the album. You can't help but feel that if it had indeed been released all those years ago then it would have been that little bit more special.... Full Review »
  2. Mar 12, 2011
    9
    great beats and a sick sick flow from saigon. really high quality work allthroughout, highlight of the album is the Enemies -> Friendsgreat beats and a sick sick flow from saigon. really high quality work allthroughout, highlight of the album is the Enemies -> Friends progression. Definitely worth my 12 bucks. Full Review »
  3. May 2, 2015
    10
    Just Blaze's incredible production fit's perfectly with Saigon's emotional topics and lyrics. Anyone who considers themselves a rap fan shouldJust Blaze's incredible production fit's perfectly with Saigon's emotional topics and lyrics. Anyone who considers themselves a rap fan should definitely give it a listen. Full Review »