Saigon leaving Atlantic Records

Rapper is in talks with labels

NEW YORK -- After numerous delayed release dates for his debut album, rapper Saigon has officially departed Atlantic Records, to which he signed in 2004.

A lone single, "Pain in My Life," failed to take off, peaking at No. 91 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in 2007.

Saigon said he's in talks with several major labels as well as a non-traditional music company for his next artist deal. His latest single, "Believe It," was released Wednesday via Saigon said he has seven viral videos ready to release but was waiting until his contract was resolved.

"I'm not that excited about going to a major label," Saigon said. "They would have to make it so I'm set for the rest of my life. They want too much for the little that they're giving."

"It's not like I didn't want to put out music," he continued. "But Atlantic wanted me to do ringtone songs but they didn't sign me as a ringtone artist."

Saigon adds that he was left "without much support" when the A&R rep who signed him, Kyambo "Hip-Hop" Joshua, left to join Columbia three months afterward.

"They gave me $18,000 to shoot the video for 'Pain In My Life' and I'm seeing Plies get $100,000 and Lupe (Fiasco) get $150,000," he said. "What the f***? Those artists are friends of mine, but now I'm happier than I've been in a minute."

Atlantic was unavailable for comment.

Meanwhile, Saigon said he may return this season to the HBO series "Entourage," on which he first appeared in 2006.