C-N-N’s Favorite Sequels
Today marks the release of C-N-N's The War Report 2, a follow up to their influential 1997 debut, The War Report. The duo, comprised of Capone and Noreaga, have dropped two albums together as C-N-N and a handful of solo projects in the time since their first album. Still, sometimes, despite a lengthy break, a sequel is exactly what the people need. Recently, in between getting some fish, shrimp and fries at one of their favorite spots on 145th Street in Harlem, both Capone and Noreaga dished out their favorite sequels (or psuedo-sequels in Nore's case...).
Bad Boys 2
Nore: One of my favorite sequels is obviously Bad Boys 2. I believe the first one was historic; it was classic. And I believe the second one was also classic, but they did it from a grown up perspective. I like to look at The War Report 2 like how Bad Boys 2 was, you know what I’m sayin’. The first one was real dope, but it was low budget. Martin [Lawrence] and Will Smith weren’t exactly how big they was [eventually going to be], they was still on the come-up. And Bad Boys 2, you had the grown up appeal of both characters. Some people still look at Bad Boys 2 like, It’s not as good as the first one. Yeah, it’s not supposed to be. It’s supposed to be in it’s own terms. Bad Boys 2, for what it’s worth, was a whole different approach. It was shot different, it was filmed different by a different director. There were certain things that Bad Boys 2 brung to the table that Bad Boys didn’t. I feel the same way about The War Report 2. At first, most people who’s real embedded in hip-hop and have that shit in they veins, they gonna realize this is the ultimate sequel. But most people who didn’t really get part one or whatever, or who did get part one but they caught on late, they gonna probably look at this at this and say, Oh, well, it’s dope but it’s not as good. And then later on in life they gonna look at this and say, "This is it; we enjoy this."
Rush Hour 2
Capone: I really, really like Rush Hour 2. I like they chemistry in that movie. You can tell the original, they was learning each other. And the sequel, they was best friends by that. Everything was easy; the comedy was easier, and I just like they chemistry in that movie.
Nore: I think part one was so dope, but it flew over so many people’s heads, you know what I mean. As far as people catching on to Illmatic, it was years later, although it was critically acclaimed when it came out. When he went back and did Stillmatic, it was like, this is not Illmatic, it’s Stillmatic. It’s it’s own entity.
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt II
Capone: At first I was gonna say this, but that’s like, Yeah, we figured they was gonna say that. Even so, to me that’s my favorite sequel. First one was my favorite album of that year, you know what I mean. So that definitely was my favorite sequel of today. But I didn’t wanna say that 'cause it woulda been like, ahh [laughs]. In all actuality it is. To me, that’s one of the world’s best sequels ever made. It was like a part two of a movie. It filled that void, because if it woulda came out five years earlier, people might not have got it. They might not have got the gist of it. But now that everyone’s kind of wanting that feel for hip-hop back, it’s like, you know, they got the picture that [Raekwon] tried to paint.
SHOULD HAVE A SEQUEL:
Capone: I watch that movie—that’s one movie I could watch everyday and all day. That’s definitely one [of my favorite movies]. A sequel would be great, because sometimes people don’t get the first but they get the sequel, and they understand the movie. I think the people that didn’t see it, they would go back and look at [the first] Shottas and be amazed at how great that movie is.