BTM: What made you guys go back to “The War Report” and continue that series?
Noreaga: Basically we been had the idea. We was going to call it “Report The War” at one point. So many people making terrible music nowadays, it was the easy thing to do because it was like let’s go back to making great music and a great body of work. Not just a great single or a great video. A great body a work. That’s what we set out to do and I believe that’s what we accomplish.
BTM: Speaking of terrible music, how do you feel about the music right now that’s being put out?
Noreaga: I don’t actually hate nobody music because I’m not where they from or experienced their struggles or rock their gear. It’s a lot of music people might consider terrible that I might enjoy, you never but then there’s straight up terrible music out there that makes it easy for us to come with a phenomenal album.
BTM: Who are you listening to right now?
Noreage: Right now, I’m listening to Sean Price, The Carter 3 (The Blueprint 3) album still, Jesse West, that’s old school. Real hip hop
Capone: I be on my R & B trip sometimes. I’m on that Alicia Keys right now. On hip hop side, I don’t even really want to hear nothing. If it coming out the camp, I really don’t want to hear nothing, If it isn’t Ice Water, CNN. That’s the zone I’m in. I listen to Joell Ortiz, I listen to everybody basically. I’m still on The Carter one though. But at the end of the day, music is music. If you make music, I can’t knock you. Me and Nore came in the game and people doubted us but we changed they vision. We changed the vision in the game. I listen to everybody.
BTM: So how is the new album sounding?
Capone: Overall we really want the people to know that we really went in on this album. A lot of people can’t make a part two, a lot of people can recreate sequels. What we tried to do first and foremost was make great music and I think that’s what we accomplished.
BTM: Do you think hip hop fell off in New York?
Capone: I hate when people say hip hop fell off in New York because that’s like putting the nail in the coffin. At the end of the day, hip hop is what you make it. New York ain’t never fell off. If you look at Fat Joe, he has a record. If you look at CNN, they got a record. If you look at Maino, he got a record. If you look at Red Café, he got a record. Come on, if you look at Fabolous, he got a record. If you look at Jadakiss, he got a record. The L.O.X. got records. We spitting harder then we ever spit. Fat Joe record is better than his last record. CNN album is better than their last record. I still do shows, I’m about to go back on tour so you can’t tell me I feel off.
BTM: You know what it is, it’s not really New York fell off. A lot of people say the momentum shifted outside of New York.
Capone: The momentum may have shifted outside of New York but one thing for sure is New York is always the Mecca. No matter where you from, if you record don’t get played in New York, your not going to pop. If New York support you, you’re a go.
Capone: CNN We rep Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, Long Island and all over, we New York. We ain’t bringing nothing back. We just doing us.
"The War Report 2" is set to be released this July.