As Fabolous Snatches Throwbacks, Capone-N-Noreaga Resuscitate “Breathe” (Audio)

Fabolous and Jadakiss (as well as Papoose, Tony Yayo, and others) have been freestyling within the confines of 1990s New York Hip-Hop hit instrumentals (often recreating the original songs). All of those mentioned names were around in the decade, either making noise on a grand level, or getting their names hot.

Capone-N-Noreaga can truly say they were on smash in the late 1990s. In Army fatigues, the Queens, New York duo had the slang, the menacing deliveries, and the microphone charisma to combat their major label peers, all from their Penalty Records base. With The War Report‘s rugged production from EZ Elpee, Marley Marl, Lord Finesse, Buckwild, and DJ Clark Kent, C-N-N knew where Rap had come from, and where it was going—’cause they helped bridge the gap.

N.O.R.E. is one of the few guests (in his “Noreaga” days) on Fabolous & DJ Clue’s Friday Night Freestyles mixtape. The Lefrak City lyricist was a role model to the Brooklyn hopeful, back in ’98.

So it’s only right, as Fab’ goes back to that era, C-N-N look at Fab’s own mid-2000s NYC Hip-Hop revival. The pair snatch the Just Blaze-produced “Breathe” and deliver some of their best bars. The revived chemistry between the Thugged Out Militainment is palpable, as they channel an era they were navigating too, during the duo’s 2000s-hiatus, and ‘Pone’s ongoing incarceration.


Is the climate right for a true C-N-N newsflash comeback?

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