25 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's been 15 years since N.O.R.E. (then known as Noreaga) teamed up with Capone for CNN's classic debut, The War Report. Since then, he's seen crossover success with singles like "Grimey" and "Nothin'," won over the reggaeton crowd with "Oye Mi Canto," and kept hardcore fans satiated with a steady stream of solo albums and mixtapes. For Crack on Steroids, he reconnects with DJ Green Lantern (who hosted his Cocaine on Steroids five years earlier) for another batch of uncompromising Lefrak rap anthems. It's supported by a bevy of guest features, including RZA, Bumpy Knuckles, Raekwon, Styles P, Wale, Game, Busta Rhymes, M-1, Action Bronson, Wacka Flocka, will.i.am, Cassie, and Amanda Diva. Most of the producers are of the unknown variety, with two notable exceptions being NYC icons DJ Premier and Just Blaze. N.O.R.E.'s signature blend of thugged-out criminology and goofy humor is in full effect throughout, and several songs ("Google That," "Kenny Powers," "Smoke Hookah") have "street anthem" written all over them. Older fans will be psyched to hear Imam Thug and Capone back in the mix. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

It's been 15 years since N.O.R.E. (then known as Noreaga) teamed up with Capone for CNN's classic debut, The War Report. Since then, he's seen crossover success with singles like "Grimey" and "Nothin'," won over the reggaeton crowd with "Oye Mi Canto," and kept hardcore fans satiated with a steady stream of solo albums and mixtapes. For Crack on Steroids, he reconnects with DJ Green Lantern (who hosted his Cocaine on Steroids five years earlier) for another batch of uncompromising Lefrak rap anthems. It's supported by a bevy of guest features, including RZA, Bumpy Knuckles, Raekwon, Styles P, Wale, Game, Busta Rhymes, M-1, Action Bronson, Wacka Flocka, will.i.am, Cassie, and Amanda Diva. Most of the producers are of the unknown variety, with two notable exceptions being NYC icons DJ Premier and Just Blaze. N.O.R.E.'s signature blend of thugged-out criminology and goofy humor is in full effect throughout, and several songs ("Google That," "Kenny Powers," "Smoke Hookah") have "street anthem" written all over them. Older fans will be psyched to hear Imam Thug and Capone back in the mix. 

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About N.O.R.E.

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, but just the following year he signed to Babygrande to issue Noreality, a more-standard rap record. ~ John Bush

  • ORIGIN
    Queens, New York, NY
  • BORN
    Sep 6, 1976