19 Songs, 1 Hour, 8 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the breakout success of Capone-N-Noreaga's debut, The War Report, Capone was languishing in jail, leaving Noreaga on the streets to come hard with a follow-up. For his first solo album, he goes with a decidedly catchier sound while maintaining his thuggish roots. As a result, the producers on N.O.R.E. include The Trackmasters, Swizz Beatz, and Dame Grease, plus an up-and-coming duo from Virginia called The Neptunes, who cooked up the crazy futuristic beat for what would become Nore's signature hit. With its weird Arabic vibe, helicopter sound effects, and ultra-punchy drums, "Superthug" rocketed up the charts, was the club anthem of the year, popularized the phrase "what what!," and propelled Nore to true superstar status. While not nearly as grimy as his CNN stuff, it's still a fantastic album and arguably his best solo effort to date. Don't miss "40 Island" with Queens godfather Kool G Rap, "Body in the Trunk" featuring Nas, and the posse-cut single "Banned from T.V." with Big Pun, Nature, Jadakiss, Cam'Ron, and Styles P.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the breakout success of Capone-N-Noreaga's debut, The War Report, Capone was languishing in jail, leaving Noreaga on the streets to come hard with a follow-up. For his first solo album, he goes with a decidedly catchier sound while maintaining his thuggish roots. As a result, the producers on N.O.R.E. include The Trackmasters, Swizz Beatz, and Dame Grease, plus an up-and-coming duo from Virginia called The Neptunes, who cooked up the crazy futuristic beat for what would become Nore's signature hit. With its weird Arabic vibe, helicopter sound effects, and ultra-punchy drums, "Superthug" rocketed up the charts, was the club anthem of the year, popularized the phrase "what what!," and propelled Nore to true superstar status. While not nearly as grimy as his CNN stuff, it's still a fantastic album and arguably his best solo effort to date. Don't miss "40 Island" with Queens godfather Kool G Rap, "Body in the Trunk" featuring Nas, and the posse-cut single "Banned from T.V." with Big Pun, Nature, Jadakiss, Cam'Ron, and Styles P.

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About Noreaga

One-half of the Queens hardcore rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga, Victor "Noreaga" Santiago met Kiam "Capone" Holley in 1992 while both were serving prison sentences. Signed to Penalty Records in 1996, the pair released a hard-hitting debut (The War Report) in June 1997, but after Holley was thrown back in jail on a parole violation, Santiago began recording a solo album. His solo debut, N.O.R.E. -- an acronym for "Niggas on the Run Eating" -- was an all-star affair, with contributions from Foxy Brown, Nas, Busta Rhymes, and Jay-Z, among others. Melvin Flynt -- Da Hustler followed in 1999. His third album, God's Favorite, was delayed several times, but finally appeared in mid-2002. In 2006, he moved to the Def Jam imprint Roc la Familia and released N.O.R.E. y la Familia...Ya Tú Sabe, a mostly reggaeton album featuring guest stars like Nina Sky, Big Mato, and Daddy Yankee. ~ John Bush

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