Capone-N-Noreaga Bust Through A Thematic Blend Of Nas & Mary J. Blige (Audio)

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Late last year, N.O.R.E. found a cool pocket, when he and Royal Flush flexed on a Queens instrumental, courtesy of borough brethren The Beatnuts. The sound was fresh, but nostalgic, and something that resonated with the voices of the ’90s MCs.

Now with Capone in tow, Capone-N-Noreaga are back in that playbook. “Happy Hate” courageously blends Nas’ “Hate Me Now” with Mary J. Blige’s “Be Happy.” A heavy-handed thematic gesture, the results seem to work quite nicely, with N.O. rapping like he just inked that Penalty Records deal in the mid-1990s. ‘Pone takes Nas’ original timbre and structure, and builds upon the format with his own signature name-brand name-checking, and raspy Q.U. style.


If you’re liking this vibe, look out for Blendetta, an upcoming C-N-N supported project by DJ Butchrock.

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