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When: Fri., Dec. 28, 9 p.m. 2007
Price: $15

After causing a tsunami of blogosphere debate when he brawled with Mobb Deep emcee Prodigy at a September hip-hop showcase, Brooklyn rapper Saigon cemented his street credentials for life. Saigon said he prevailed in the fight, even though a Mobb-Deep-endorsed YouTube clip shows him running out of Manhattan's S.O.B. club with Prodigy's thirty-man entourage on his tail. But surliness and a knack for uppercut punches are just part of Saigon's appeal. Drawing from his seven-year jail sentence and brief stint on HBO's Entourage, this rapper cultivated a larger-than-life persona that recalls both Tony Soprano and the Boot Camp Clik; he's the kind of person who could walk into a room and take up the whole space, instantly. Onstage, he's mesmerizing. Saigon makes his San Francisco debut at the Mezzanine this Friday, Dec. 28, with KMEL's DJ Big Von on turntables. He'll perform new cuts from his forthcoming album, The Greatest Story Ever Told. 9 p.m., $15.

— Rachel Swan


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