By Muhammad Abdulhafith
It’s been six years since N.O.R.E. released a full-length solo LP and on April 16 the super thug will mark his return with his Student of the Game album. This time Noreaga enlisted some heavy reinforcements like French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell, 2 Chainz, Pusha T, and Lil Wayne just to name a few.
N.O.R.E. has already delivered “The Problem (Lawwwddd),” “Tadow” and “Built Pyramids” featuring legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor, but there is more in store. Not only has the newly-christened P.A.P.I. got an all-star lineup of rappers to help him on his journey, he also reached outside of his hip-hop and grabbed former NBA star Kenny “the Jet” Smith, NFL star Victor Cruz, and “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” star Scott Disick for a few skits. Throughout the album artists are sprinkled in on what looks to be some pretty stout collaborations.
Weezy shows up on “She Tried,” continuing the long streak of collaborations between the two artists that started back in 1999 on N.O.R.E.’s Melvin Flynt – Da Hustler album. In contrast the C-N-N MC is hooking up with Houston rap legend Scarface for the first time on a track titled “What I Had to Do.” The album’s “Faces of Death” track figures to be a highlight as well, on it N.O.R.E. gathers French Montana, Busta Rhymes, Swizz Beatz, and Raekwon.
The charismatic rap star sat down with Sway on “Rapfix Live” back on March 13 and spoke about his new album, and lit up when the topic of the Pharrell-assisted “The Problem” came up. “He called me at eight o’clock in the morning, usually somebody sends you a text before they call you,“ N.O.R.E. joked about the call he received from the multi-platinum producer after he created the song’s beat.
Check N.O.R.E’s tracklisting for Student of the Game below.
1. Kenny Smith Speaks
2. Student Of The Game
3. Tadow (Feat. French Montana, 2 Chainz & Pusha T)
4. Hang Hang Resume
5. The Problem (Lawwwddd) (Feat. Pharrell)
6. What I Had To Do (Feat. Scarface)
7. Victor Cruz Speaks
8. Vitamins (Feat. Pete Rock)
10. Scot Disick Speaks
11. Fowl Niggaz
12. She Tried (Feat. Lil Wayne)
13. Camouflage Unicorns (Feat. Tragedy & Havoc)
14. Only Bad Ones (Feat. Jeremih)
15. God’s Angel (Mick Jones And Chris Jones)
16. Built Pyramids (Feat. Large Professor)
17. Faces Of Death (Feat. French Montana, Swizz Beatz, Raekwon & Busta Rhymes)
19. Dreaming (Feat. ¡Mayday! & Tech N9ne)