I’m gonna take some time out today to write a short piece on two dudes I feel like don’t get the props they really deserve in the hip-hop game. The category “The Essence” is designed to bring up various people, places, and things that made me love hip-hop. Capone-N-Noreaga get a lot of respect from myself and other hip-hop heads, but as far as truly being recognized, I think people don’t give them enough credit. The War Report was a stellar debut and The Reunion was to me an ill follow-up.
CNN have always made the type of music that almost inspire you to rob somebody’s mama for a box of baking soda…and then use that to cook up some crack. That may sound horrible, but I did say almost. I’m California born-and-raised, but CNN are one of few acts that really put me in a New York State of Mind, so to speak, taking listeners from Riker’s Island to Queensbridge and Lefrak City with their unique brand of thuggery. When I heard CNN was signing with my favorite MC Raekwon’s Ice Water imprint to release The War Report II, I almost spontaneously combusted. Here’s a few classic joints and some new material to hold you (and me) down until the release.
“Illegal Life” by CNN
“Phone Time” by CNN
“The Reserves” by CNN f/ Raekwon:
“Steets Got A New Face” by Noreaga