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.

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