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portis24
06-30-2010, 02:01 PM
NEWSAlbum Preview: Capone-N-Noreaga's "War Report 2"June 30, 2010 11:34:00 AM CDT | By Jake Paine
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Last week, HipHopDX stopped by the EMI Records offices in New York to preview the final mix of Capone-N-Noreaga's The War Report 2. To be released July 13 through Raekwon's Ice H20 imprint - the same team that brought last year's acclaimed Only Built 4 Cuban Linx...Pt. II sequel, another '90s homage, this album hopes to recreate the excitement, energy and chemistry that added a critical chapter to the Queens Hip Hop saga.
The question in many minds is how closely the personnel between the June, 1997 release and the July, 2010 will be. C-N-N manager/rapper Imam T.H.U.G. makes an expected return, as does longtime affiliate Musaliny, both on the "Planet Rock"-ispired "Thug Planet." Busta Rhymes also returns, this time on "The Oath," a conceptual track that features mutual friend and colleague, Raekwon - and brief guest vocals from one of this year's most talked about stars. One superior veteran producer returns to the camouflage camp in D.I.T.C.'s Buckwild, who delivers one of the album's most-talked about cuts in "With Me."

"With Me," will draw many into this project. Although the War Report sequel does not feature Tragedy Khadafi or Mobb Deep, one key Queens representative does show up in Nas. Nasappears on "With Me," to deliver a verse that sounds straight out of his It Was Written mind-state, after notably going absent on OB4CL2.
The War Report 2 balances old with the new. Production work from Alchemist, the aforementioned Buckwild and H20's own BT will feel to fans as '90s beats stored away in a safety deposit box, awaiting such an occasion. Meanwhile, Cam'ron in-house producer Araab Muzik and Swizz Beatz' protege Neo Da Matrix both deliver very contemporary-sounding backdrops for 'Pone and N.O.R.E. Both old and new sounds alike are driven by low-end bass, with few topping Alchemist's album-opener, "Pain," which comes from subs-in-the-trunk era of music-making.

Lyrically, this album's subject matter is both true to C-N-N form, and stripped down from the duo's success and stardom. The lyrics are not rooted in bragging about money, legacy or success, but rather surviving the times. "Favor For A Favor" speaks to both the streets and the Rap industry, as a modus operandi to endure the tough times. "Bodega Stories" and "Dutches vs. Phillies vs. Bamboo" are evident of the group's New York street appeal. These are classic N.O.R.E. subjects, comparing how one likes to roll up, and what really goes on in one of the northeast's cultural mainstays.
Later on, the album looks inward. Treating the H20/C-N-N camps like a Cosa Nostra, songslike "Brother From Another" and "The Oath" focus on the street families and dedication within the group, to each other. Just as Channel 10's "The Argument" captured honest dialog between the partners-in-rhyme, so do these verses. "Live On, Live Long, Pt. 2" serves as a dedication to the then-incarcerated Tragedy Khadafi, who, as the group says, served both as a mentor and in making the '97 classic possible. The verses are honest, and inadvertently speak to the turmoil that's shaped the Queensbridge Rap community over the last 15 years.
Just as the case with Nas, fans will be pleased to see Raekwon appear on three songs within the album he's executive producing. Other '90s New York Rap titans The L.O.X. also appear, on "Bodega Stories" , and deliver masterful, short verses that show chemistry between C-N-N and D-Block. Singers Faith Evans and Avery Storm also chime in, on the two aforementioned contemporary tracks, "The Corner" and "Hood Pride."
The War Report 2 closes with the duo acknowledging various deaths in Rap. "Obituary" is largely talked and not in traditional verse, but the duo uses the Green Lantern-produced opportunity to mention names including Half-A-Mil, Killa Sha, Mike Beck, K.L. and Dolla, all the way back to Scott La Rock, Soulja Slim and Eazy E. The list is hauntingly long, but serves as a milestone to many names, faces and voices Hip Hop has lost.
Calling back to the times of a unified New York front, Capone-N-Noreaga's War Report sequel calls back to the glory and the imagery of the iced-out medallions era, and the album's presentation, guest-list and sound suggest that this is more than just a talking-point sequel, Ice H20 might be freezing time.
Purchase The War Report 2 by Capone-N-Noreaga

deeznutz1981
06-30-2010, 05:09 PM
I guess no T.O.N.Y 2??? It was supposed to be produced by Just blaze and confirmed by Just and nore.


well that fuckin blows!!!!!

corky831
06-30-2010, 07:06 PM
^ ik i was pissed bout that.....still looks like flames

Jin10304
07-02-2010, 06:25 PM
/\ Might just throw TONY II out anyways considering that Fat Joe/Raekwon song didnt make the cut either.

deeznutz1981
07-02-2010, 07:28 PM
^^ are you serious? you're pipe dreaming my man!!!! you think if they have TONY 2 not on album they are just gonna release it for free? i hope you're right but if they do then someone dropped the CNN ball heavy. i say push it back last minute let trag get on at least 5 joints and save up loot to pay for that just blaze joint!!!! and why the fuck didnt they holler at Preemo???? this project sounds like the budget was slimmer than a crack head's they should have thought it out more maybe. channel 10 is probably just slightly worse than this album i hope i'm wrong but they needed to really impress if they are gonna call it war report 2 this shit sounds like a mess i hope i eat my wordz cuz i will

Jin10304
07-02-2010, 09:24 PM
"^^ are you serious? you're pipe dreaming my man!!!! you think if they have TONY 2 not on album they are just gonna release it for free?"

And? That shit is NO pipe dream. A good example is Recovery....Just Blaze's banger "Session One" didnt make the album and was still released along with Dr. Dre's "Ridaz" for FREE after it leaked. For the U.S. version of CLII, "Walk Wit Me" & "The Badlands" were released shortly after it dropped. Look at all the bonus tracks for Sir Lucious Left Foot, FREE. Another left over J. Blaze beat isnt reaching for the sky lol.

Jin10304
07-02-2010, 09:27 PM
"and why the fuck didnt they holler at Preemo????"

They did.....him & Havoc were cut from WRII

DX: Heads were already excited about the idea of Report The War. I know you guys are going in a different direction now, but just the buzz of you coming back out again and going in the direction of [The War Report] got a lot of people excited. With Rae executive producing this one, and considering how the production on OB4CL2 pointed towards the original purple tape in sound and feel, can we expect production from D.I.T.C., and 6 July, and Clark Kent on your sequel?

N.O.R.E.: Iím looking for 6 July. Iím looking for Nashiem Myrick. Other than that -- we didnít get Clark Kent this time -- but we got Havoc. Havoc was on the original. We got a lot of people who have the sound of the original, like Alchemist. We have a [DJ Premier] track that we havenít finished yet. [We have] Scram Jones. We went for the sound. We absolutely went for the people that were a part of the original project, you know what Iím saying? Weíre so in tune with the original project that weíre dropping it June 15, 2010 and the original project was originally released June 17, 1997. That's how in tune we are with it. So we definitely tried to get those people. But even if we didnít get everybody, we definitely got the sound. We captured that sound

deeznutz1981
07-03-2010, 05:11 PM
"^^ are you serious? you're pipe dreaming my man!!!! you think if they have TONY 2 not on album they are just gonna release it for free?"

And? That shit is NO pipe dream. A good example is Recovery....Just Blaze's banger "Session One" didnt make the album and was still released along with Dr. Dre's "Ridaz" for FREE after it leaked. For the U.S. version of CLII, "Walk Wit Me" & "The Badlands" were released shortly after it dropped. Look at all the bonus tracks for Sir Lucious Left Foot, FREE. Another left over J. Blaze beat isnt reaching for the sky lol.


http://bigpondmusic.com/images/AlbumCoverArt/348/XXL/Pipe-Dream.jpg

ZigZag
07-04-2010, 03:55 PM
That's wack trag not on the album...but atleast he was on the camoflage mixtape.