N.O.R.E. Holds Down the Rising Hip-Hop Series at Transit Lounge February 19

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Spitter, not dictator: Victor Calderone Jr., AKA Noreaga, AKA N.O.R.E.
For those street heads whose chronic-sucking, crip-walking heyday is 15 years behind them, Queens-born Puerto Rican rapper Victor Santiago Jr. will forever be known as Noreaga.

Partnered up with fellow NYC product Kiam Akasi Halley (AKA Capone), Santiago co-owned the East Coast rap game for a solid minute in the late '90s. After meeting in prison, the pair started writing rhymes together and then hyphenated their names to officially form Capone-N-Noreaga, signing to Tommy Boy Records and releasing the classic 1996 call-to-arms War Report.

But then criminal charges, jail time, and label troubles killed the tag team's momentum. And by '98, Halley was back in the pen while Santiago had taken a new nom de guerre and lauched his solo career with the eponymous record, N.O.R.E.

Over the last decade, there have been some strange detours: Santiago dabbled with reggaeton for a few years, moved from NYC to Miami, and got busted by the cops at Fatburger on South Beach. But still, he scored a couple of chart crushers like the Neptunes-produced party track "Nothin." And now it seems he's deep into that old groove again, reuniting with Capone for last year's War Report 2.

There's even a rap-world rumor he's gonna go back to calling himself Noreaga. Keep dreaming, street heads.

With ¬°Mayday!, Quest, Rich Kid Soundsystem, Ketchy Shuby, and DJ Entice as part of the Rising monthly hip-hop series. Saturday, February 19. Transit Lounge, 729 SW First Ave., Miami. The show starts at 9 p.m. and admission is free. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-377-4628 or visit transitlounge.us.

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Location Info


Transit Lounge - CLOSED

729 SW First Ave., Miami, FL

Category: Music

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