Today In Hip-Hop: Capone-N-Noreaga Release ‘The War Report’ Debut

On this day, June 17, in hip-hop history… 1997: Capone-N-Noreaga’s debut album, The War Report, is one of the most influential East Coast albums of its time. Capone and Noreaga—who are better known as CNN—embodied New York’s thriving rap style with their brash lyrics and dark, gritty loops in production. A well-known fact about The War Report is Nore recorded the majority of it because Capone was sent to jail on a short bid. Still, Capone’s absence was largely unnoticed, and the album ended up becoming a stellar debut. For guest appearances, CNN grabbed Tragedy Khafafi (who appears on 9 songs), Mobb Deep, ...

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