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Queens rap duo Capone-N-Noreaga enjoyed massive street credibility with the release of their debut album, The War Report, which earned them a devoted following in the hardcore rap world. Capone (born Kiam Holley) and Noreaga (born Victor Santiago) grew up in the projects of Queensbridge and LeFrak City, respectively, and endured rough childhoods and multiple run-ins with the law. They met in 1992 while serving kitchen duty together at Collins Correctional Facility in New York, and became friends; upon their release, they decided to team up as rappers, taking their performing names from two legendary gangsters. In 1996, they signed with Penalty Records; their first release was the single "Illegal Life," and they next teamed up with Mobb Deep for "L.A., L.A.," another salvo in the East Coast/West Coast feud. Before their debut album was completed, Capone was sent back to prison for violating his parole on a weapons possession charge. Noreaga finished The War Report on his own, and it was a substantial underground success upon its release in 1997, making the R&B Top Five and going gold. With Capone incarcerated, the duo's thugged-out image rang true, and the singles "Closer" and "T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)" saw some action on the rap charts. Noreaga capitalized on the album by starting a solo career, but remained loyal to Capone, visiting his friend often and giving Capone executive producer credits on the two popular solo albums (N.O.R.E. and Melvin Flynt -- Da Hustler) he recorded over 1998-1999. Capone was released from prison in early 1999, and the two immediately reteamed for the much-anticipated The Reunion, which was released in 2000 on Tommy Boy. Dissatisfied with the promotion, Capone-N-Noreaga asked to be released from their contract and signed with Def Jam in 2001. Later that year, Capone ran into further trouble with the law; he was charged with assault following a nightclub brawl involving gunfire in Queens, but the charge was dropped due to lack of evidence. Not long after the incident, he was arrested at a Greensboro, NC, airport for possession of marijuana, but avoided jail time. Noreaga released his third solo album, God's Favorite, in 2002, and Capone was reportedly working on his own solo debut at the same time. ~ Steve Huey
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  2.   Bang Bang by Foxy Brown
  3.   Bloody Money
  4.   Closer
  5.   B EZ
  6.   Invincible by Street Vibes
  7.   Stick You
  8.   Live on Live Long, Pt. 2
  9.   All We Got Is Us
  10.   Black Gangstas
  11.   L.A., L.A.
  12.   Now
  13.   Dutchess vs Phillies vs Bamboo
  14.   Y'all Don't Wanna
  15.   Driver's Seat
  16.   Foul 120
  17.   Not Stick You, Pt. 2
  18.   7 Continents
  19.   Thug Planet
  20.   Scarface
  21.   Pain
  22.   Obituary
  23.   My Attributes
  24.   Favor for a Favor
  25.   Queens Finest featuring Algado
  26.   Full Steezy
  27.   Straight Like That featuring Algado
  28.   Phonetime
  29.   Illegal Life
  30.   Capone 'N' Noreaga Live (Interlude)
  31.   Halfway Thugs
  32.   Neva Die Alone
  33.   Iraq (See the World)
  34.   My Life featuring CNN
  35.   Brother From Another
  36.   Stay Tuned (Interlude)
  37.   Don't Know Nobody by Musaliny-N-M.A.Z.E.
  38.   Reunion
  39.   With Me
  40.   T.O.N.Y. (Top of New York)
  41.   Half a Mil by Tragedy Khadafi
  42.   7 Continents featuring Royal Flush
  43.   Riding
  44.   Pizza
  45.   Gumar Oz Dubar
  46.   U.M.A.R.
  47.   Shooters Worldwide
  48.   In the 1st
  49.   Future
  50.   Untitled
  51.   My Hood by Clipse
  52.   The Reserves
  53.   The Oath
  54.   The Corner
  55.   Bodega Stories
  56.   Hood Pride
  57.   You See Me!!!
  58.   Wobble
  59.   United We Stand
  60.   The Argument
  61.   Talk To Me Big Time
  62.   Stick Up
  63.   My Hood
  64.   Mirror
  65.   Grand Royal
  66.   Bring It Here
  67.   Beef
  68.   Addicted
  69.   Rotate
  70.   People Know (La La La) by Nicole Wray
  71.   Money
  72.   Follow The Dollar
  73.   Anything Goes
  74.   You Can't Kill Me
  75.   Wet Willie Skit featuring Oador
  76.   Gunz in da Air
  77.   Brothers featuring Goldfingas
  78.   Shows! (Interlude) by Timbo
  79.   Gangsta Skit
  80.   Queens by Complexions
  81.   Phonetime Skit
  82.   Channel 10
  83.   Live on Live Long
  84.   Thug Paradise
  85.   Intro
  86.   Rotate by Ron Browz
  87.   Capone Phone Home Outro
  88.   Rap Rushmore by Cormega
  89.   Chinese Girl
  90.   3 on 3
  91.   Parole Violators
  92.   Intro: Change Is Gonna Come
  93.   Elevate
  94.   Capone Bone
  95.   Capone Phone Home (Interlude)
  96.   Khadafi Talks
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