Today, Feb.8, is the 42nd birthday of Queens rapper and one half of the duo Capone-N-Noreaga, Kiam Akasi Holley, better known to the rap world as Capone.

Capone linked up with fellow Queens rapper Noreaga to form CNN in 1995. Based off their street-certified rap style, the duo signed a record deal with Penalty Records in 1996. On June 17, 1997, Capone-n-Noreaga put themselves on the map when they dropped their debut album The War Report. With guest features from Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khafafi, brash in-your-face lyrical delivery and gritty, ironclad production, CNN truly embodied the sound of the East Coast at the time and fueled the infamous East Coast/West Coast beef. 20 years later The War Report still stands as a classic New York rap album. It would be three years until the duo dropped their sophomore LP, 2000's The Reunion.

In 2005, Capone ventured out on his own to release his solo debut Pain, Time & Glory. To date, he's dropped three solo albums and lent his talents to outside projects like EA Sports. The duo seperated in 2005 due to label compliations but got back together in 2010 for sequel of their debut, The War Report 2: Report The War.

Most recently, streetwear brand Supreme paid tribute to CNN by featuring their hailed debut album in a Winter 2016 collection.

Happy Birthday, Capone!

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