Capone-N-Noreaga: The War Report 2 Review

capone n noreaga the war report 2 review

I wasn’t even going to download this album but I had a couple friends telling me it was good.  I used to love CNN but I was completely done with Nore. Can’t believe I liked him so much at one time – wack flow and some horrible lyrics.

That said I will take a look at this because it was reccommnded by people i trust…no expectation here if this is anything other than crap I will be happy.

1. Pain: If this isn’t an alchemist beat I will eat my hat.  So dope though, mane that guy is consistent.  This one beat already makes the album better than I expected.  Nore is not a good rapper tho. Def the kind of beat these guys need though.  Capone is a guilty pleasure, love that voice.  Regardless of Nore not being great, this track go hard!

2. Bodega Stories feat. Lox: OMG Nore sucks I’m sorry – he just had some constipation rap that made me cringe. Beat is OK though – typical dunny rap beat – no complaints.  Jadakiss sounds good – makes Nore look worse because of it.  I hope they have lots of guests on this.

3. Dutches vs. Phillies vs. Bamboo feat. Raekwon: Doooope beat – remindsme of Alchmeist again.  Would have fit well on Raekwons last album which was great.  Really solid production 3 songs in.  I wonder if they can keep it up.

4. My Attribute: Beat sounds dated and too much going on.  Not feeling this.  Also hate the spelling of the names every couple bars.

5. Favor for a Favor: Back to the nice production.  Reminds me of a hard version of Oochie Wally.  This isn’t too bad – nothing mind blowing though.  The beat kind of wears on you by the time the song is over.

6. Hood Pride feat. Faith Evans:
Another hard beat that is not bad at all.  I don’t think this will have a ton of replay value.  Faith Evans hook sounds dated and lame IMO.  Good beat though, once again I like the Capone verse a ton more than Nore’s.

7. The Reserves feat. Raekwon:
Another beat I think that tries to be too hard and comes off too noisy IMO.  These beats are cool for the gym but they lose their replay value quick.  LMAO @ Nore’s line about the mountain – shit doesn’t even rhyme.  Although I have complained a lot this is still better than I expected.

8. With Me feat. Nas:
I am sure this is an old Nas verse – just sounds old to me.  Nas comes correct – always.  Decent if unremarkable beat.

9. Live On, Live Long Part II: Anytime these guys talk before the song they come off as cornballs.  Nore continues his recent history of sucking.  I like this beat a lot though. Cool song.

10. The Oath feat. Raekwon & Busta: A movie vocal clip that sounds familiar to me.  Can’t place it though. Again Nore feels like he has to talk before going into his lame verse.  I can’t be the only one hearing how bad he is now am I?  Cool beat again though.  Haven’t heard Busta in a minute..he sounds vintage when compared to Nore.

11. Brother From Another: I like the production – seems like a recurring theme.  I don’t actually mind Nore on this actually.  I think the first time I can say that on this album.

12. Thug Planet feat. Iman THUG & Mualini:
I don’t like this beat at all.  Horrible in my opinion.  Sounds cheap as hell.  LMAO @ the start of Nore’s verse – this guy is just fucking around I swear. he is not being serious right now.  Sad thing is this is better than most of his work on this album. A couple features who add nothing..meh.

13. Scarface:
LMAO original song title – a bad beat too IMO.  Too noisey.  I don’t know why producers thing to sound hard they have to add a bunch of abrasive noises.  Call up Alchemist and learn how to properly sound hard.

14. The Corner feat Avery Storm:
The production has dropped the second half of this album.  This is pretty generic – better than the last songs though.  The singing on this is out of place and LAME.  A clear attempt at trying to sound current and an epic fail.

15. Obituary: Great some more Nore rambling to start the song. I don’t mind the beat- kind of like it actually.  Can’t deal with all the rambling though.

Well I now know a couple people I will never trust again when it comes to music.  This albums best song is far and away the first one.  In fact I might only keep that song from this and delete the rest.

Nore was horrible throughout the album – I will never check for him in my life again.  Production started out great..but tailed near end.  Just too many generic and cheap sounding beats.  Too bad they couldn’t afford Alchemist for a whole album.

I guess it is better than I thought it would be but still pretty bad compared to a lot of music that has come out lately.  I am sure I will get a lot of ‘MAN THIS GO HARD, YER GAY” comments but let them fly…I am sure I won’t have to listen to this too many more times  before I decide it is recycle bin material.



  • Lmtorres83

    THIS REVIEW SUCKS U OBVIOUSLY ARENT A FAN OF HARD CORE HIP HOP AND DONT KNOW SHIT!! IF ANYTHING NORE STEPPED HIS GAME UP ON THIS ALBUM!!

  • Dae

    here goes your first one,you don't know shit stick to the Kanye and Drake critique's..Leave the Street Hop alone,this album is not for your lame ass...

  • LOL

    Did you post that from "the streets"?

    I mean I liked half the album, it just dropped off steeply - and Nore was horrible throughout.

  • Dae

    This is precisely why I took the position I took,and clearly I was right.

    Capone-N-Noreaga's The War Report 2: A Rare Classic Hip-Hop Sequel

    Posted 1 hr ago by MTV News in Music

    By Jeremy Kaplan

    In the modern music landscape, it's extremely difficult to make an impact with a whole album. With the rise of digital downloads and customizable playlists on iPods, an artist's music is far more likely to be absorbed via a series of singles or on a compilation than as an entire album. In hip-hop, it's even more difficult, as the emphasis is so often put on the killer single or the tracks grouped together on a mixtape. Creating a truly classic hip-hop album is hard, and crafting a sequel to an album like that should be impossible. However, there are a handful of artists — namely Dr. Dre, Raekwon and Capone-n-Noreaga — who have managed to pull off such an incredible feat.

    Dr. Dre's 1992 solo debut The Chronic introduced the world to G-Funk. Seven years later, Dre expanded on the same sound with 2001 (also known as The Chronic 2001), a spiritual continuation of The Chronic's exploration of modern gangsta life. In a great link, Snoop Dogg rapped "Just chill 'til the next episode" on The Chronic's classic single "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," and the song "The Next Episode" was one of the cornerstone tunes of 2001.

    Raekwon had an even bigger uphill battle, as the Wu-Tang Clan member's 1995 solo debut Only Built 4 Cuban Linx is not only roundly accepted as the best Wu-Tang solo album but also one of the finest rap records ever made. The depth of his storytelling (which saw him cast himself as a number of different fictional gangster figures) combined with RZA's eerie, bass-heavy beats highlighted the darkness that is so often missing from mainstream hip-hop. Rae kept releasing high quality albums, but in 2009 he dropped Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Part II. The sequel revisits the same Mafia-styled lyricism and storytelling, and it's everything that Rae's fans wanted it to be. Even though RZA wasn't as involved with the production, beat giants like the Alchemist, Pete Rock and Erick Sermon stepped up to the plate and filled in gamely.

    Finally, we can look at Queens duo Capone-N-Noreaga, whose fourth album The War Report 2: Report the War just hit store shelves this week. The album's first chapter, 1997's The War Report, is a landmark in hardcore rap and showcased each MC's considerable skills. The duo's follow-up albums (2000's The Reunion and 2009's Channel 10) were considered disappointments, and their output has been derailed by Capone's legal troubles. However, the pair manage to tap into the hardcore poetry they had perfected 13 years ago, especially on killer tracks like "Bodega Stories" and "The Reserves."

    Of course, for every Only Built for Cuban Linx Part II there are a dozen sequels that don't work quite as well as their predecessors (like Method Man's follow-ups to Tical or Fat Joe's J.O.S.E. 2). The moral of the story? A classic album is hard, and a classic sequel — especially in the hip-hop game — is an even greater rarity.

  • Well I almost never agree with MTV's stance on music - so this is validation.

    I am sorry we have different opinions.

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