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Classic Queens hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga released their debut album The War Report on June 17th, 1997. It is still considered by hip hop fans and critics alike to be one of the top rap albums from a hip hop duo. Not very well known at the time and still competing with the recently deceased Notorious B.I.G’s huge New York City fanbase, C-N-N had every hip hop head in New York City listening to their album in the summer of ’97.
Capone-N-Noreaga gained notoriety for their controversial song “L.A., L.A.” which was a response record to Tha Dogg Pound’s 1995 single “New York, New York” which featured Snoop Dogg stomping on landmark NYC buildings in the video. The Queens duo felt like the major, well-known New York City hip hop artists weren’t stepping up to defend their own city; so they stepped up to the challenge. The War Report featured production from Marly Marl, DJ Clark Kent, Buck Wild, Lord Finesse and others. At a time when fancy suits and shiny shoes were taking over hip hop culture, Capone-N-Noreaga is credited with bringing hardcore N.Y. hip hop back on the scene.