Noreaga’s solo debut studio album N.O.R.E. celebrates 25 years this Friday.
Raised in Queens, New York, rapper, actor, and media personality Noreaga (N.O.R.E) has spent the better part of the last 3 decades topping charts, pushing buttons and capturing the world’s attention. While he may be known these days as the host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world,“Drink Champs,” it was his earlier work as an unapologetic, energetic MC that helped to catapult the multi-talented artist into the spotlight.
First making waves with his work as one half of duo Capone-N-Noreaga alongside fellow Queens rapper Capone, N.O.R.E.’s career has been unrelenting since first hitting the charts in 1997. Shortly after the release of their massively successful debut album,“TheWar Report”, Capone landed himself back in prison and N.O.R.E. moved ahead as a solo act, finding further success with his first, self-titled album, “N.O.R.E.”. Released in 1998, the album catapulted up the charts, peaking at #3 on the Billboard 200 and went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA. With features from fellow NYC MC’s Nas, Kool G Rap, Big Pun and Busta Rhymes and featuring production from then-up-and-coming producers,The Neptunes and Swizz Beatz, “N.O.R.E.”, was praised by critics for its modern, futuristic sound and helped to further cement N.O.R.E.’s spot as one of the most successful and memorable artists in Hip Hop.
Thanks to the massive success of singles like,“Superthug”, “N.O.R.E.”, and legendary posse cut,“Banned from T.V.”, N.O.R.E.’s debut album has continued to find success around the world and is without a doubt an undisputed classic amongst Hip Hop heads.