Nore’s 5E project set to drop this Friday July 27th through Nas’s Mass Appeal Records looks very promising. The track listing is impressive with features including Fabolous, Pharrell, Wyclef, and Jadakiss. However what stands out is that Fat Joe is on two tracks, “Bendicion” and the just released “Don’t Know”. “Don’t Know” has that signature boom bap 90’s New York sound that is sorely lacking in today’s hip hop scene. Nore and Fat Joe for almost 20 years have been collaborating with a good amount of the tracks carrying that boom bap sound.
N.O.R.E. – Don’t Know feat. Fat Joe
“Misery Needs Company” off of Fat Joe’s 1998 album Don Cartagena is the first track the two appeared on together. The track truly encompasses that raw classic New York sound produced by the hip hop duo The Beatnuts consisting of Juju and Psycho Les . Another track worth mentioning is “Capicu” off of the legendary Tony Touch’s 2004 album The Piecemaker 2. Nore and Fat Joe would be accompanied by Tony Touch himself and Juju on the track.
Fat Joe – Misery Needs Company feat N.O.R.E.
Tony Touch – Capicu feat. Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., & Juju
In 2010 Nore and Fat Joe would hop on the remix to former Terror Squad member Armageddon’s “It’s Over” along with DJ Doo Wop. That same year a mixtape track would surface with CNN consisting of Nore and Capone alongside with Fat Joe and Raekwon from the Wu-Tang Clan titled “1st Degree Murder”. The last track to mention that captures the classic New York hip hop sound is the monster posse cut “It’s Not A Game” off of the Dj Kay Slay mixtape The Rise of a City released in 2014. Besides Fat Joe and Nore there are a slew of other artists including Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, McGruff, Lil Fame, and Prodigy.
Armageddon – It’s Over (remix) feat. Fat Joe, N.O.R.E., & Dj Doo Wop
CNN – 1st Degree Murder feat. Fat Joe & Raekwon
Dj Kay Slay – It’s Not A Game feat. Fat Joe, Ghostface, Raekwon, Sheek Louch, McGruff, N.O.R.E., Lil Fame & Prodigy
The Nore 5E project will fill in that void for those hip hop fans looking for that vintage boom bap sound. The pairing of Nore and Fat Joe works so well in creating classic tracks. They have been doing it for twenty years effectively and have great chemistry which is reflective in their music and beyond. This is clearly evident in the podcast interviews conducted with each other. Hopefully when Fat Joe’s album Family Ties drops later this year we will see them linking up once again.