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Also known as CNN
Origin Queens, New York City, New York
Genres Hip hop
Years active 1995-2000
Labels Penalty (1996-1999)
Tommy Boy (1996-2001)
Def Jam (2001-2005)
SMC (2008-2009)
IceH2O Records (2009-present)
Associated acts Tragedy Khadafi, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Mobb Deep, Raekwon

Capone-N-Noreaga is an American hip hop duo that consists of Capone and Noreaga.



In 1996 the duo signed with Penalty Records; it was also awarded The Source magazine's Unsigned Hype column. In 1996, before the group’s debut album was completed, Capone was imprisoned for a parole violation[1], and Noreaga finished the debut album, The War Report, with the help of various other QB/NY hip-hop acts. The album was met with critical and commercial acclaim;[2] it saw the group partake in the conflict between Death Row Records and Bad Boy Entertainment, making it a more widespread East Coast/West Coast rivalry, responding to Tha Dogg Pound's single "New York, New York" with its own "L.A., L.A."

In 1999, the group released its sophomore effort, The Reunion, on Tommy Boy Records. Similarly star-studded, the album went platinum, but suffered from mixed reviews.[3][4] Additionally, Capone was once again sent to prison before its release for violating a probation sentence on gun possession,[5] which undermined promotion of the album. Soon after, in 2001, Capone-n-Noreaga jumped ship to prominent label Def Jam. As Tommy Boy retained the rights to the names Capone-n-Noreaga and Noreaga because the company claimed that the duo owed it more recordings, the group shortened its name to CNN, and Noreaga billed himself as N.O.R.E. (or NORE) for his solo work. The duo recorded a new album in 2003 called What up 2 Da Hood, with a lead single, "Yes Sir," which was issued on mixtapes and promoted by a video. The single failed to make an impact, and the album was shelved. It was released later in 2004 as a mixtape (What Up 2 Da Hood Thugged Out).

In the same year, the duo found itself implicated in a non-fatal shooting between rival hip-hop groups, one of which included emcee Lil' Kim[6], after a chance encounter outside New York radio station Hot 97. Capone-n-Noreaga have denied any involvement in the shooting, for which the group was not charged[7]. In early 2005, Def Jam released Capone from his contract while retaining NORE;[citation needed] Capone released his debut album, Pain, Time, and Glory, in the same year.

In 2006, NORE brought up the possibility of a Capone-n-Noreaga reunion and a new album.[8] CNN released Channel 10 on March 17, 2009, taking the name from a song off The War Report. The first single off their third studio album is titled "Rotate" which was produced by Ron Browz and features Ron Browz & Busta Rhymes. DJ Premier, Havoc, and The Alchemist--among others—provided production for the album[9].

In recent interviews, both Capone and NORE have spoken of an upcoming album similar to The War Report, titled Report the War,[10] where they would reverse each individual track, such as "Money Bloody" opposed to "Bloody Money." It is speculated this album will be released sometime after both their new solo albums are released. Recently, the duo have signed a deal with Raekwon's label IceH20 to release their sequel to their classic debut The War Report. Due June 15, 2010 the album will boast some familiar guests such as Busta Rhymes, Musolini, Iman T.H.U.G., verses from a incarcerated Tragedy Khadafi including their new CEO Raekwon.[11]. Busta Rhymes & Raekwon are set to executive produce the album[12] and their new single "Thug Planet" features Iman T.H.U.G. & Musolini. The song "Dutch Masters vs Phillies" with Raekwon will also be featured on the album. In their interview with HipHopDX, Noreaga reveals their current line-up of producers of the project that include Havoc, Alchemist, Scram Jones & DJ Premier. They also spoke on a sequel track to 'Live On, Live Long' only this time dedicated to their mentor, Tragedy Khadafi.[13]

Confirmed Tracks

"Thug Planet" featuring Iman T.H.U.G. & Musolini (prod by Tony Heathcliff)[14]

"Dutch Masters v.s. Phillies" featuring Raekwon

"Live On, Live Long Part II"





Year Song Chart positions[18] Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
1996 "Illegal Life" (featuring Havoc & Tragedy Khadafi) - 84 18 The War Report
"L.A. L.A." (featuring Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi) - - 39
1997 "T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)" (featuring Tragedy Khadafi) 103 56 16
"Closer" (featuring Nneka) 111 63 9
2000 "Phone Time" - - 22 The Reunion
2001 "Y'all Don't Wanna" - 71 -
2008 "Follow the Dollar" - - - Channel 10
2009 "Rotate" (featuring Busta Rhymes & Ron Browz) - 115 -
"Talk To Me Big Time" - - -


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