Pressed on Clear with Red and Blue Splatter Vinyl
Includes 2-panel Insert with Credits, Shout-outs, Photos and more.
25 Years ago on June 17th 1997, C-N-N dropped The War Report
When Queens natives Capone-N-Noreaga dropped their 1997 debut album The War Report Hip Hop was in the middle of a transition period. A new crop of MCs were coming in, many of the benchmark artist of the late 80s early 90s were starting to fall off and labels focused their efforts on getting artist on mainstream radio, ushered in by the Jiggy Era. For Capone-N-Noreaga this commercial shift was not an option - they represented Queens to the fullest carrying the torch passed down from MC Shan.
To make the Queens connection even deeper, the mastermind behind The War Repost was QB Legend Tragedy Khadafi who discovered and molded the duo into the flagship artists for his newly christened 25 to Life Records. In many ways Tragedy was the unofficial 3rd member of the group as he appears on more than half the album. The War Report represented a new era of street science and gritty New York beats; tracks like Illegal Life, Stick You & T.O.N.Y all became anthems that summer, making this one of the Greatest Debut Albums in Hip Hop History according to Complex Magazine.
From the moment you hear the piano of Bloody Money it sets a clear tone for this album, the War has begun. With features from Tragedy, Iman Thug, Mobb Deep and uncredited Busta Rhymes ad libs CNNs debut is treated as almost a revolving door of like-minded MCs determined to keep the music pure. Rounding out the production aspect, The War Report features EZ Elpee, Nasheim Myrick, Buckwild, Lord Finesse, Marley Marl and super DJ Clark Kent who all bring their unique style while all meshing together perfectly to make this debut a capsule to late 90s Rap.
2 Bloody Money
3 Driver's Seat
4 Stick You
5 Parole Violators
6 Iraq (See the World)
7 Love on Live Long
8 Neva Die Alone
9 T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)
10 Channel 10
1 Capone Phone Home (Interlude)
2 Stay Tuned (Interlude)
3 Capone Bone
4 Halway Thugs
5 L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix By Marely Marl)
6 Capone -N- Noreaga Live (Interlude)
7 Illegal Life
8 Black Gangstas
10 Capone Phone Home Outro
11 Thug Paradise
12 Closer Sam Sneed Remix