Public Warning is the title of the debut album from UK hip hop artist Lady Sovereign released on 31 October 2006. The album, a mix of grime and hip hop, was originally due for release in November 2005 but was pushed back after Lady Sovereign was signed by Island Def Jam.
In a press release, released on Monday, 17 July 2006, the album's track listing was finally confirmed, featuring all three of her singles, tracks from her two EPs: Vertically Challenged and Blah Blah as well as newly recorded tracks for the release, including "Love Me or Hate Me", and the latest single, "Those Were the Days". In the 2 November 2006 issue of America's Rolling Stone magazine (posted its website 10/18/06), Public Warning was given a 3.5/5 rating. The album has so far sold over 250,000 copies in the US And has sold 300,000 Copies Worldwide.
The CD was released in the U.K on 5 February 2007 and includes Bonus Track "Pretty Vacant" [Performed Live] & Enhanced CD link to a 15-minute documentary on Lady Sovereign.
Initial critical response to Public Warning was generally positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 67, based on 34 reviews.
A censored version was also released that used backmasking and sound effects over all the swearing. The album booklet still has all the lyrics written out, but the swearing is starred out.