Label: Def Jam/Tommy Boy/Warner Bros.
Release Date: 6/17/1997
In many ways, this is Tragedy Khadafi's best album. As the mastermind of this project, the Intelligent Hoodlum helped Capone and his boy Noreaga develop into the new blueprint for Queens Thug Rap, channeling their youthful energy with military precision. After leading the charge against Snoop and the Dogg Pound's disrespectful "New York, New York" video, CNN represented a new street science revolving around the Middle East, even going as far as incorporating Arabic vocals into tracks like "Illegal Life."
Boasting some of the hardest beats of 1997, The War Report proved that hardcore hip-hop could still be relevant and revolutionary, and launched the career of NORE, one of hip-hop's most entertaining personalities.