Capone-N-Noreaga (also known as C-N-N) is an African American hip hop duo formed in 1995, from Queens, New York City, New York. The duo is composed of East Coast rappers Capone and Noreaga. In 1996, the duo secured a recording contract with Penalty Records. In 1996, before the group’s debut album was completed, Capone was imprisoned for a parole violation, and Noreaga finished their debut album "The War Report", with the help of various fellow New York City hip-hop acts such as Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khadafi. The album was met with critical and commercial acclaim; it also saw the group partake in the conflict between Death Row Records and Bad Boy Entertainment, making it a more widespread East Coast vs. West Coast rivalry, responding to West Coast hip hop duo Tha Dogg Pound's single "New York, New York", with their own rendition "L.A, L.A". In 2000, the group released "The Reunion", their second album on Tommy Boy Records. The album was similarly star-studded, but suffered from mixed reviews. Additionally, Capone had once again been sent to prison before its release for violating a probation sentence on gun possession, which undermined promotion of the album. Soon after, in 2001, Capone-N-Noreaga jumped ship to prominent label Def Jam. mAs Tommy Boy retained the rights to the names "Capone-N-Noreaga", because the company claimed that the duo owed it more recordings, the group shortened its name to CNN, and Noreaga billed himself as N.O.R.E. (or NORE) for his solo work. The duo recorded a new album in 2003, titled "What up 2 Da Hood", with a lead single "Yes, Sir," which was issued on mixtapes and promoted with a music video. The single failed to make an impact, and the album was ultimately shelved. It was later released online in 2004, as a mixtape titled "What Up 2 Da Hood Thugged Out".
1997 The War Report Released: June 17, 1997
2000 The Reunion Released: November 21, 2000
2009 Channel 10 Released: March 17, 2009
2010 The War Report 2: Report the War Released: July 13, 2010