Album Review: Saigon- Warning Shots 2

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With plenty of established acts vying for the  top spot in New York, there are still a lot of hungry lions fresh on their tail; and one happens to be Saigon

Cementing his name on the mixtape circuit, and with official albums like All In A Day’s Work, the protégé of Just Blaze returns once again to make his bid with Warning Shots 2.

Consisting of limited features, (Grand Puba, OJ Da Juiceman, and Lil Fame [Click for interview] from M.O.P.), the lyricist turns to producers such as Scram Jones, Just Blaze, and Buckwild for support.

Like his previous efforts, Saigon flexes his lyrical prowess by creating conceptual songs, along with different delivery styles, (as a true MC should).

With that said, ‘Nothing Comes Easy’ is the first shot that rings out, as Saigon uses the somber piano loop to his advantage to uplift the listeners.

From there, he continues on the positive path with offerings like ‘That’s Not What’s Up, and the tribute song to his daughter in ‘Fatherhood (Rayne Dior).’

Saigon then gets a little clever with ‘All Around The World,as he connects the names of females he’s been with to each other from a lyrical aspect. One of the standout tracks comes in on ‘F*ck Me, F*ck You’ as Saigon and invited guest Ransom let people know nothing is going to stop them from progressing in this life.

Showing his dexterity, Saigon unleashes Twista-esque flow on ‘Copping Pleas,’ as he calls out fake rappers who talk tough on records, but not in real life.

Just Blaze provides the beat on ‘Who Can Get Busy’ featuring Grand Puba, as the Brand Nubian alumni reprises the hook from his song ‘Who Can Get Busy Like This Man,’ and caters it to Saigon’s liking.

Other songs that are worth “taking a shot” for are the lead off single of ‘Gotta Believe It,’ [Click to watch video]‘Be On Time,’ and ‘Saiiii Outro,’ while other songs like ‘Cookies & Milk,’ and ‘For Some P*ssy’ could’ve been left out of the chamber.

In the end, Warning Shots 2 is another solid effort from a very talented MC who’s constantly perfecting his craft. Next up on his agenda is his long awaited album Greatest Story Never Told, and with the momentum he has building up, hopefully that tale gets spread around sooner than later…

Rating: 3.5