Saigon Releasing ‘Warning Shots 3′ Mixtape With Just Blaze

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(Saigon and Just Blaze on “RapFix Live”)

By William E. Ketchum III.

Months after dropping his official debut The Greatest Story Never Told (after years of delay), Saigon is taking his music back into his own hands. And just like before, legendary producer Just Blaze is his copilot. The Brooklyn emcee used his Twitter account this weekend to announce that his latest mixtape Warning Shots 3: One Foot In The Grave with Just, will be available on January 24, 2012.

“One Foot In The Grave is a f—ing MASTERPIECE. Just Blaze is the host. It’s a little different than Greatest Story Never Told. Some Yardfather sh–,” he tweeted, referring to his previous mixtape series.

Saigon’s debut album Greatest Story Never Told, originally intended for release in 2007, finally hit stores this past February after being shelved by his previous label Atlantic Records. The album—which is entirely produced by Just Blaze and features guest appearances by the likes of Jay-Z, Q-Tip and Black Thought—was critically acclaimed, nabbing a number one slot on Metacritic’s “The Freshman 15,” a list of the highest-scoring debut albums of the year.

“It felt good [to finally release the album]. It was redemption. I feel like every artist’s first album is the foundation of your career, that’s why I never gave up on it,” Saigon told Sway, who also served as executive producer of the album, in a candid interview with MTV “RapFix.” “It felt great, not just to put it out, but the critical acclaim that it received, and that I got it out on my own.”

The release concert for Warning Shots 3: One Foot In The Grave is scheduled for February 3 at Webster Hall in NYC.