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Capone-N-Noreaga: “Channel 10″ (Album Review)

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Let’s face it, in terms of Hip-Hop Capone-N-Noreaga seem to fit the profile of your favorite knuckleheaded uncle. When they are around, they are one of your favorite people to hang out with. They put out some good advice, ride with you, and whenever you are around their crib, you feel like it’s a second home.

 

The problem with them is they always seem to be disappearing and reappearing due to trouble and have a tendency to disappoint. However, when they are there you always see potential. CNN latest, Channel 10 (Fontana) follows the same blueprint as their career, uneven, but when it’s on point, it’s tough to turn it off.

 

When you listen to DJ Premier’s production and turntable mechanics on “Grand Royal”, it just feels right. Both Capone and NORE come through to do the beat its justice. Its essence feels street and unafraid to bring it to your door.

 

“The Argument” puts the stamp down that these two are brothers for life. It isn’t a track that is tacked on like most duos; you could tell a friendship was forged before that song was recorded. It comes off as one of the better songs on the album because of its sincerity. The closing “Addicted” also translates into a genuine effort.

 

The few disappointments come from the guest appearances. CNN is routinely beaten back on their own cuts.  On the albums lead single, “Rotate” it feels like a back album cut primed for Ron Browz until Busta Rhymes comes through and destroys the track. The same happens on “My Hood” where The Clipse hold a flow clinic for everyone else on the record.

 

Unbalanced collaborations aside, there are also a few in-house missteps. Tracks such as the lackluster “Mirror” and forgettable “Channel 10” lack that punch compared to the aforementioned stronger cuts. Additionally “Beef” feels phoned in with a barrage of uninspired tough talk.

 

Channel 10 creeps on great when you hit the albums high notes. However, the miscues and the overall unevenness create an album that could have been that much better. Fans of CNN’s body of work will definitely appreciate what is given on this album, and even new fans could find something they enjoy. Even so, just like that uncle, you can’t rely on it for constant enjoyment, and you harbor just a bit of resentment for it.

 

Capone-N-Noreaga Featuring Ron Browz & Busta Rhymes

“Rotate”

Capone-N-Noreaga

“Grand Royal”

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