The Essence: Capone-N-Noreaga

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

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7LiaIxzgl4

“Phone Time” by CNN

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8EV-FLkg6M

“The Reserves” by CNN f/ Raekwon:

  httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGvmkpAZMyM 

“Steets Got A New Face” by Noreaga

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyuCXbOUoSA

 

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