Capone-N-Noreaga’s Album ‘The War Report’ Turns 20 Years Old Today

On June 17, 1997, the Queensbridge duo, Capone-N-Noreaga released The War Report. It remains one of the great hip hop debuts to come out of New York City’s mid-1990s hip hop renaissance. It reached the No. 21 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and became a gritty street classic.

Capone met Noreaga when they were both locked up in the Green Haven Correctional Facility. The War Report was finished while Capone was dealing with court cases that would return him to prison before the project was officially released. Because of Capone’s situation, his mentor and fellow QB rapper, Tragedy Khadafi, is actually featured on more tracks on The War Report than him.

The album included production from New York mainstays including Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Marley Marl and DJ Clark Kent. It eventually produced four singles: “Illegal Life,” “L.A., L.A.,” “T.O.N.Y. (Top Of New York)” and “Closer.” “L.A., L.A.,” produced by Marley Marl and featuring Mobb Deep and Khadafi, was a response to Tha Dogg Pound’s “New York New York.”

Capone wasn’t able to celebrate the album’s success until his release from prison in 1999. Capone-N-Noreaga have released five studio albums together in total, including 2000’s The Reunion and 2010’s The War Report 2: Report the War.

Watch our Daily Operation video about The War Report above, read our new article where Capone-N-Noreaga reflect on the making of the album and listen to the whole thing below.

Related Posts


War Stories: Capone and Noreaga Speak On The Making Of ‘The War Report’


Cocktails With N.O.R.E


Eminem Dropped His Video for “3 A.M.” Eight Years Ago Today


Fat Boys Dropped ‘Fat Boys’ 33 Years Ago Today


Summer Jam 2001 Became the Hot 97 Concert’s Defining Year


Latest News

westside gunn Features

Westside Gunn and the Great Griselda Takeover

Respect the Almighty, no matter what language it's in
offset Features

Offset’s 15 Best Verses of 2017

Woo! Woo!
serious jones Video

Stairwell Freestyle: Serius Jones

Serius as a heart attack
antwon Music

The 10 Best Underground Mixtapes of 2017

You up on this?
adam22 Features

Adam22 of the ‘No Jumper’ Podcast Smashed the Like Button for SoundCloud

"When I'm getting hate, I can tell how to translate the hate into what they want from me"
donald trump Features

Donald Trump’s 31 Worst Tweets of 2017 (So Far)

He still has 21 days left for more misery
grownboitrap Video

Open Space: GrownBoiTrap

"Haitians don't play about that"
21 savage Features

21 Savage’s 10 Biggest Surprises of 2017

A weird 12 months for one of the year's breakout stars
remy ma Features

Wonder Woman: How Remy Ma Changed The Game For Female Rappers in 2017

"Contrary to popular belief, I'm not a bully. I actually bully the bullies"
J. Cole sitting on a porch in hockey jersey Features

Reexamining J. Cole’s ‘4 Your Eyez Only,’ One Year Later

This is a novel, everything else was the Cliff's Notes
Mixtape Art

Star Wars Meets Hip Hop On DJ Chong Wizard’s ‘The Last Mixtape’

You should be as excited about this mixtape as the movie
hopsin Video

Open Space: Hopsin

"If I feel like I'm a piece of sh*t, I'm going to be the coolest piece of sh*t to ever walk the earth"
Morlocks Knowledge

Knowledge Darts Vol. 30: Why Underground Rap Will Never Die

I'm still underground like a motherf*cking Morlock
beenie man Features

Murda She Wrote: Beenie Man, Konshens, Tarrus Riley, Aidonia x Govanna

The best real dancehall music right now
pineapple citi Music

So What If 50 Cent Stole Her Song? New Jersey Rapper pineappleCITI Is Moving On

The last thing she wants is for 50 to outshine her music
g herbo Video

Smoke a Blunt with G Herbo

“You need to be paranoid when you ain’t on some weed, ‘cause shit be going over your head.”