N.O.R.E. Is Already A Drink Champ. He & Fat Joe Go For Dodge Ball Next (Video)
For more than 20 years, N.O.R.E. has been a beacon for New York Hip-Hop. The Lefrak City-born, Queensbridge representative is one half of respected duo in Capone-N-Noreaga who shaped a style in the streets since the late ’90s. However, in modern years, the rapper once known by Noreaga is a Miami-based cultural content creator, with Drink Champs and On The Run Eatin’.
Not to worry – fans of both sides of N.O.R.E.’s extensive career can appreciate the rapper and media man. His newest video “Don’t Know” features Fat Joe, a dodge-ball tournament, and some pretty funny characters. The Michael Garcia-directed visual also includes a display of “Bendicion,” the other Joe Crack feature on N.O.R.E.’s just-released 5E album. The second part of the vid, “Don’t Know,” stages the “Hood Olympics” with Drink Champs partner DJ EFN co-hosting the games.
Fat Joe lays down a dope introduction of his Big Apple MC associate since the Don Cartagena days. “They call him Podcast Papi / Ni**as is Kinkos, I see they try’na copy,” Joe spits, having recently launched his own Coca Vision platform. “Diamonds in the chain plus down wrists / And you ain’t never seen no sh*t like this.” With his aggressive delivery and boisterous cadence, N.O.R.E. raps about the good life, including eating expensive pizza, which is incredible. “My wrist watch is like a brake light,” he raps. “And you can get it right on your grave site / So tell me something I don’t know / $50 pizza when I’m eating in SoHo.” Two MCs who know how to work the cameras (and multiple industry angles) show that they still love spitting bars.
5E is Noreaga’s first LP partnering with Queens brethren Nas and Mass Appeal Records. His Militainment is also involved. The LP features 11 tracks with rapping/vocal appearances from Tory Lanez, Pharrell, The-Dream, and Jadakiss, among others and production from Cool & Dre, Swizz Beatz, and Pharrell, who helped construct the instrumentals behind N.O.R.E.’s self-titled solo debut.
#BonusBeat: Today (July 27) is the 25th anniversary of Fat Joe’s debut, Represent. Revisit the Diamond D-produced “Flow Joe”: