I don’t need to go into great depth about how important CNN‘s first album “The War Report” was to the Hip-Hop world. I will however attempt to analyse the impact that The War Report 2 has had, thirteen years after the original was released. Capone and Noreaga are widely regarded as Hip-Hop legends, and following on from their success of Channel 10, The War Report 2 seemed like a logistical path to follow. The question burning in the minds of Hip-Hop fans, was can they produce a classic sequel, equal to the original.
Download - CNN – The War Report 2
Lets take a look at the foundations of the album. Capone-N-Noreaga have chosen a list of high-profile producers to work alongside including Scram Jones, Buckwild, DJ Green Lantern and The Alchemist. It’s a true statement that my four personal favourite tracks on the album “Hood Pride”, “The Corner” ft Avery Storm, “My Attribute” and “The Oath” ft Busta Rhymes and Raekwon were not produced by the aforementioned. Looking at this fact one of two ways, I’m delighted that Neo Da Matrix, Dreddy K Amarae, Hazardis Soundz and M3 productions stepped up their game, and really competed with the top producers.
The core of the album is typical of CNN. This is certainly no negative, as there is a reason Capone and Noreaga are held in high status. Liquid-like flows and impeccable rhyming patterns ensure that the duo rap perfectly over the varied beats throughout The War Report 2, and in my opinion capture the essance of what the album really represents. With far too many quotables to mention throughout, it’s only fair I choose at least one of my personal favourites to share. Rather than writing, check out this video of Avery Storm with some behind the scenes footage of the track “The Corner”.
There are two ultimate questions that must be answered. Is The War Report 2 going to stand the test of time like it’s predescessor? And have CNN recaptured the magic that was created with the original? Unfortunately the answer is no to both. I’m sat here looking at the album cover thinking The War Report 2 is a VERY GOOD album, with four to five tracks I’ll be rotating for the rest of the year, and possibly one or two thereafter. Fans won’t be disappointed and I still highly rate The War Report 2, I just don’t think quite enough was done to meet the level of expectation that surrounded the release. Enjoy the album for what it’s worth, and it’s definitely a must-buy for CNN fans.
Review by Ryan Maxwell