Album: N.O.R.E.
Label: Tommy Boy

Capone-N-Noreaga hit a snag when Capone got locked up not long after the release of 1997's highly regarded The War Report. Rather than let his career go cold, Noreaga went solo on that ass. The most memorable hit off 1998's N.O.R.E. album was "Superthug," which tapped the then-relatively-unknown Neptunes for a beat that matched booming, elaborate percussion to a synth line that one-upped late '90s' noisy rap impresario Swizz Beatz in both the volume and artificiality of the instrumentation.