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capone-n-noreagaCapone-N-Noreaga (or CNN) is a rap group East Coast consists of two rappers Capone (born Kiam Holley on 8 February 1976 ) and Noreaga (born Victor Santiago on September 6 1976 ).

Capone and Noreaga grow both in the Bourroughs of Queens in New York , respectively, in the famous city of Queensbridge and that of Lefrak City , both known for their poverty and violence because of the proliferation of crack cocaine. They met in 1992 when they both worked in the canteen of the penitentiary where they were serving their sentences. They then signed in 1996 on the label of rapper Tragedy Khadafi before entering the famous magazine’s Unsigned Hype The Source . Their band name refers to the famous U.S. chain, which will make them a reputation for street reporters.

In 1997 , CNN released their first album, The War Report. Through the dark productions signed by a host of renowned producers ( Havoc , Clark Kent (Producer), Buckwild .

The War Report album is a classic Hip Hop. The “flow” of the two rappers are unique but the originality of cronies comes from the fact that they equate New York to a war zone, each district or Bourroughs being renamed after a Middle Eastern country ( Iraq for Lefrak , Kuwait to Queensbridge, the Lebanon for the Bronx …). The album contains tracks Bloody money, TONY (Top Of New York), Illegal Life produced by Tragedy , “The Closer” or “Live On Live Long”. The album also contains the title LALA produced by Marley Marl . This title is a response to New York New York Snoop Dogg and Dogg Pound , a first version of this track is an instrumental with “G-Funk,” different from that used by Snoop and Dogg Pound. The video for this song was shot in the streets of Queensbridge. They also invented the Gimik Wah! Wah! Wah! Wah!. The album went gold in the U.S. with 500,000 copies sold.

Following legal problems mentioned in the song TONY, Capone returned to prison for drugs trafficking; Noreaga eventually also the only album, Capone appearing only on a handful of songs.
Noreaga NORE becomes (also title of his first solo album) then began a solo career while awaiting the return of Capone. It is also one of the first rappers to have collaborated with the Neptunes , the group Pharrell Williams with the song Superthug. NORE also to experience tensions with Tragedy , a friend of CNN history, having laid a good portion of songs from the album War postponement.

In 2000, following release from prison Capone, Capone-N-Noreaga released the album The Reunion on Tommy Boy label, where they invite many of Queensbridge rappers: Nas , Mobb Deep , Foxy Brown etc.. The pieces are known: Queensfinest with Mobb Deep, Phone Time, Y’all do not want to fuck with us and “Invincible” (produced by DJ Premier . The album will also be a gold record.

In 2003, they released stomp da shit out on the compilation Cradle 2 the grave and in 2004 released on “single” People Know (La La La). In 2004, the two rappers out The Best of thugs da fuck out “on the label: Rhino Records. In 2006. Capone Menace 2 Society also released an album that has gone unnoticed in the underground.

The duo released a third album called Channel 10 in reference to the channel number of the CNN. Producers announced are not the least: DJ Premier, The Alchemist, STK, Play & Skills and Hazardous Sounds. The album was released October 21, 2008.

  • 1997 : The War Report (Penalty Records / Violator)
  • 2000 : The Reunion (Tommy Boy)
  • 2004 : Best of Capone & Noreaga: Thugged Da F *** Out (Rhino Records)
  • 2004 : What Up 2 Da Hood (Music Video Distribution)
  • 2009 : Channel 10 (Thugged Out / Fontana)
  • 2010 : The War Report 2: Report the War (SMC Recordings)

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