When Capone-N-Noreaga busted outta Queens in the mid 90’s, with Mobb Deep connections and tracks like LA,LA, Illegal Life and T.O.N.Y., they quickly became mixtape staples destined for a fast come up.
Unfortunately for the duo, Capone got locked up after the release of their debut LP, The War Report, leaving N.O.R.E. to go solo. Not one to be left hanging, N.O.R.E. hooked up with some of Hip-Hop’s hottest producers (Trackmasters, L.E.S., Marley Marl, Neptunes) and released his eponymous solo LP to greater success than C-N-N, with The Neptunes produced Super Thug hitting #36 on the Billboard Hot 100. That Neptunes connection proved to be the proverbial golden egg laying goose, producing some of N.O.R.E.’s best and biggest, culminating in 2003’s, God’s Favorite which peaked at #3 and produced the Top 10 single, Nothin’, and Club classic, Grimey. Fuck the straight Henny, just grab him a beer.