Capone-N-Noreaga are currently prepping for the release of their new album, The War Report 2, but that’s not the only sequel the Queens duo has up their sleeves. The rap vets told XXLMag.com that Just Blaze helped them revisit “T.O.N.Y.,” the classic track from their 1997 debut.
Apparently C-N-N had no plans to re-do the song, but as Nore explained to XXL, Just Blaze “came so correct that [we] couldn’t deny it.”
Aware that Just was a fan of the group, N.O.R.E. asked the super producer to lace them with something special. “ [In] my first conversation with Jus’ I was like I just want the fan,” N.O. told XXL. “I don’t actually want the Just Blaze that made millions and went on tour with Jay-Z, and scores movies, and scores video games. I actually want the fan that was working in The Cutting Room… [And] when he finally sent us the track, I totally understood where he was going with it.” [Watch below]
However, N.O.R.E. does admit that it took a while to come to the realization of what kind of feel Blaze was trying to create. He’d originally recorded a completely different chorus to the song. “As I kept listening to it I realized that Just Blaze was seeking out the ‘T.O.N.Y.’ feeling so I didn’t want to disrespect the track, I went back in, did the chorus over and obviously it made to be ‘T.O.N.Y., Pt. 2.’”
Capone made it clear that the making of the song was organic, completely unplanned and unexpected. “The Just Blaze record wasn’t forced,” Capone said. “It was one of them feelings when, you get a greater feeling after you record a record. You say, ‘You know what? I think I can do this better. This might fit more. It not only fit better but it made the song more meaningful.”
The War Report 2 is scheduled to drop July 13 through Raekwon’s Ice H20 label. Stay tuned to XXLMag.com for more on C-N-N in the coming weeks. —Brooklyne Gipson with reporting by Jesse Gissen