The War Report
|The War Report|
|Studio album by Capone-N-Noreaga|
|Released||June 17, 1997|
|Recorded||January 1996–April 1997|
|Genre||East Coast hip hop, Hardcore Hip Hop, Gangsta Rap |
|Label||Penalty/Tommy Boy/Warner Bros. Records
Carlos "6 July" Broady
DJ Clark Kent
The War Report is the influential debut album by rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga (C-N-N for short). The album features the classics "L.A. L.A."; "T.O.N.Y."; "Neva Die Alone"; "Driver's Seat"; "Illegal Life"; "Capone Bone"; "Bloody Money"; "Closer"; "Iraq (See The World)"; and Noreaga's dedication to Capone, "Live on, Live Long." Tragedy Khadafi was in many ways the mastermind behind the project and was at the time considered an unofficial third member. He appears on more than half of the album's songs. Other guest appearances include Imam T.H.U.G., who appeared on the track "Driver's Seat"; Castro; Mussolini; Mendosa; Troy Outlaw; Mobb Deep. Despite its strong underground overtones, the album was, surprisingly, a commercial success, making 1997's Hip Hop/R&B Top Five.
Significance and impact
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Considered a street classic by many  The War Report's signature sound was distinctively underground and hardcore for its time, a trademark that garnered the group outstanding street credibility. The unique chemistry of Noreaga's unorthodox lyrical delivery, combined with Capone's streetwise slang and Five Percenter references, established the duo as a household name within the hardcore hip hop community. Furthermore, the album created a large and devoted cult following for the group and launched the solo career of Noreaga, who subsequently went on to achieve significant mainstream success (most notably with the Neptunes-produced club anthem "Superthug").
More importantly, The War Report is often credited with reviving East Coast and hardcore hip hop, signaling a return to realistic and gritty hardcore street aesthetics (defined by unapologetic tales of violence and drugs) and spelling an end to the surrealistic, ostentatious, and fictional narratives of mafioso rap.  Beginning in the end of 1996 and throughout 1997 (during the commercial height of Puff Daddy's pop-oriented Bad Boy Records during its Arista Records years), mafioso hip-hop gradually lost its critical acclaim within the underground scene from which it originated. As it crossed over into the mainstream, the concept was becoming increasingly generic and comatose (as seen with the hip hop supergroup the Firm, which rhymed almost exclusively about mafioso fantasies). Upon the release of The War Report, however, Capone and Noreaga brought new life into the gangsta rap sub-genre, becoming an instant underground phenomenon that foreshadowed the rise of similarly styled emcees who went on to cross into the mainstream for the remainder of the late 1990s (i.e., DMX, and Ja Rule) and into the following decade (i.e., 50 Cent and Jadakiss).
The success of the album managed the group to make a sequel titled The War Report 2: Report the War originally to be released on June 15, 2010, almost exactly 13 years after the original, but it was pushed back a month later to July 13, 2010.
|2||"Bloody Money"||EZ Elpee||4:33|
|3||"Driver's Seat"||Nashiem Myrick & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen||Imam T.H.U.G. & Busta Rhymes||3:40|
|4||"Stick You"||Naughty Shorts||Tragedy Khadafi||4:43|
|5||"Parole Violators"||Tragedy Khadafi||Havoc & Tragedy Khadafi||2:30|
|6||"Iraq (See the World)"||EZ Elpee||Castro, Musaliny (From Musaliny-N-Maze), Mendosa & Troy Outlaw||5:33|
|7||"Live On, Live Long"||G-Money, a.k.a. Ramell S. Gee, Brooklyn, New York, (GM704)||4:50|
|8||"Neva Die Alone"||Buckwild||Tragedy Khadafi||3:23|
|9||"T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)"||Nashiem Myrick & Carlos "6 July" Broady for The Hitmen||Tragedy Khadafi||4:28|
|10||"Channel 10"||Lord Finesse||Tragedy Khadafi||3:21|
|11||"Capone Phone Home" (Interlude)||1:43|
|12||"Thug Paradise" (All pressings of the album mistakenly list "Stay Tuned (Interlude)" as track 12; "Thug Paradise" appears on all retail versions of The War Report. "Stay Tuned" was finally released on the 2004 compilation The Best Of Capone -N- Noreaga.)||D-Moet (uncredited)||Tragedy Khadafi||3:30|
|13||"Capone Bone"||Marley Marl||3:37|
|15||"L.A L.A" (Kuwait Mix)||Marley Marl, J. Force (uncredited)||Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi||4:49|
|16||"Capone-N-Noreaga Live" (Interlude)||2:43|
|17||"Illegal Life"||Tragedy Khadafi, Havoc||Havoc||3:49|
|18||"Black Gangstas"||Buckwild||Tragedy Khadafi||2:59|
|19||"Closer" (Original pressings of the album had this version, while subsequent pressings included the Sam Sneed remix of "Closer" in place of the original.)||DJ Clark Kent||Nneka||4:04|
|20||"Capone Phone Home" (Outro)||1:33|
^Busta Rhymes' part is cut off before he starts. He only appears on the last 20 seconds of the song, ad-libbing over the hook. The songs "Stick You," "Parole Violators," "Halfway Thugs," and "L.A., L.A (Kuwait Mix)" are partially edited, even though the album was released with an explicit-lyrics sticker.
Sample-clearance issues caused two very strong tracks, "Married To Marijuana" and "Calm Down (Feat. Nas & Tragedy Khadafi)," to be cut from the retail version of the album. Both songs were originally on the promo version sent out for reviews but were sadly omitted from the retail album when it hit stores. Both became mixtape and underground radio classics and were released as white label 12-inch singles.
- "Bloody Money"
- "Capone Bone"
- "L.A., L.A. (Kuwait Mix)"
- "The Letter" by Al Green
- "Iraq (See the World)"
- "Night Song" by Noel Pointer
- "T.O.N.Y (Top of New York)"
- "Speak Her Name" by Walter Jackson
- "Live On, Live Long"
- "Channel 10"
- "M5 (SK 7)" by Roy Budd
- "Stick You"
- "Orange Was the Color of Her Dress, Then Silk Blues" by Charles Mingus
- "Halfway Thugs"
- "Black Gangstas"
- "Olhos De Gato" by Gary Burton
- "Driver's Seat"
- "Do the Thing That's Best You" by Willie Hutch
- "Stay Tuned"
- "Theme From S.W.A.T." by Rhythm Heritage
- "Illegal Life"
- Released: 1996
- B-side: "L.A,. L.A."; "Stick You"
- "T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)"
- Released: 1996
- Released: 1997
- B-side: Closer (Sam Sneed Version) Produced By Sam Sneed
|US Billboard 200||21|
|US Top R&B Albums||4|
|1997||"T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)"||56||16||-|
- Allmusic review
- The Source review
- Hanna, Mitchell (2010-06-15). "Tuesday Rap Release Dates: Gucci Mane, Bun B, Nappy Roots | Get The Latest Hip Hop News, Rap News & Hip Hop Album Sales". HipHop DX. Retrieved 2012-03-13.