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

Features
Features

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

Video
Video

Cocktails With N.O.R.E

Video
Video

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

Music
Music

Fat Boys Dropped ‘Fat Boys’ 33 Years Ago Today

Music
Music

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

Ad

Latest News

show-me-the-body Music

With “K-9,” Show Me the Body is Ready to Fight

“In the city and I'm ready to fight”
Patron Music

PREMIERE: Shozae ft. Petey Max & Dunny-Cold Facts “Yankee Bomber Jacket”

“All my n*ggas ratified, we pull up spittin’ cyanide”
erection News

Inmate With 91-Hour Boner Sues Jail For Denying Medical Help

Doing hard time
Estee Music

PREMIERE: Estee Nack x sadhugold. “Differences”

“Is it the hustle or the heart?”
dropaddy Music Video

PREMIERE: Nef The Pharaoh “Drop Addy”

“Playboy Mansion meets Wolf of Wall Street”
redman News

Redman Still Lives in His House From ‘MTV Cribs’

Does he have a doorbell yet?
young-dolph Music

Need a Bulletproof Vest? Young Dolph’s Got One For You

And it comes complete with a copy of his new album, ‘Thinking Out Loud’
saint jhn Music

Brooklyn’s Own SAINt JHN Levels up on “Hermes Freestyle”

“Jesus H. Christ, and the H is for Hermes”
ant-beale Video

Open Space: Ant Beale

“Yeah, I know what I’m doing, don’t worry about it”
young-thug-future Music

Future and Young Thug Finally Go All The Way On ‘SUPER SLIMEY’

Two Atlanta stars drop a 13-track October surprise
popeyes-fried-chicken Food/Drink

Yes, Popeyes IS Trash

Here’s why
Siya Hey, You're Cool

Hey, You’re Cool! Rapper Siya

“Live your life, but don’t live it in shame, denial, or fear. Live it unapologetically”
xxxtentacion-live Music

XXXTentacion Reportedly Signed a Multi-Million Dollar Deal With Capitol

Really???
rza Music

RZA Unleashes Nine-Minute Freestyle On Hot 97

Bong bong
jim carrey Film

‘Jim & Andy’ Trailer Gives a Glimpse Into Jim Carrey’s Insanity

Dude’s been weird for awhile
ZOLO Music Video

PREMIERE: Zolo ft. Tory Lanez “Need Somebody”

Wax on & wax off