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God's Favourite [Import]

N.O.R.E. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00005RGL2
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hit Me Slime
2. God Favorite
3. Nothin'
4. Grimey
5. Nahmeanuheard
6. Mr. CEO
7. Big D
8. Live My Life
9. Full Mode
10. Love Ya Moms
11. Head Bussa
12. Wanna Be Like Him
13. Black Clouds
14. Banned From Another Club
15. Now I Pray
16. Consider This
17. Nahmeanuheard
18. Holla Back Slime
19. The Life Of A (Gangsta)

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As one half of the Queensbridge rap duo Capone 'n' Noreaga, Victor "Noreaga" Santiago's street credibility is based on his ability to rhyme over catchy, head-nodding beats while utilising his own street "slanguage", underdig (read: you understand)? God's Favourite employs the services of knob-twiddlers du jour the Neptunes to create sure-fire dancefloor hits, Pharrell Williams bangs out yelzabulb (read: off the hook) drum programs on the dated "Grimey" and the anthemic "Head Bussa." The Norebonics routine gets a little tired on "Nahmeanuheard" (and its remix featuring Capone, Cam'ron and Fat Joe, as does the XXX-rated exercise in juvenilia on "Big D", featuring emcee turned pornographer Akinyele and foskeeezy (read: foul girl) Heather Hunter. But N.O.R.E. proves that he's not completely vacant on the eloquent "Live My Life," featuring a crooning Ja Rule on the chorus. With phat tracks laced by EZ Elpee and a rejuvenated Swizz Beatz, N.O.R.E. has no problem keeping things shamone (read: moving). --Dalton Higgins

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N.O.R.E. ~ God's Favorite

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from hip-hop club life, to real hard life 9 Dec 2003
By vinnie
Format:Audio CD
from instant club classic as 'nothin' and 'grimey', to the harsh reaility of being bought up in the ghetto. 'the life of a ...gangster' doesn't glorify gangsterhood, but instead goes through the stages of which capone was bought up, to selling crack to his uncle, to making it big time, but the album doesn't focus on breaking through the barries life hurls at you, instead sttays true to what nore stands for, clubs, hip hop and woman. the neptunes add the new age hip hop generation beats to the hard htting, excitement of nores lyrics.with skits done with busta rymes and nelly, the album focusses on nore, and no-one else. he raps about the change to def jam records, as well as dedicating a track to his mother, following the tracks made by the late tupac shakur, and classic snoop dogg.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars N.O.R to the E 17 July 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Noreaga is back again!!! This time, he releases 'Grimey...God's Favorite' under the name N.O.R.E. What can I say? This is the album we have all been waiting for! We have all heard the oustanding tracks on heavy rotation by Westwood. The highly addictive beats are persistent throughout the whole of the album. Beginning with 'Nothin'', the addiction starts with a bang on this Neptunes-produced masterpiece. It is then immediately followed by another Neptunes classic - 'Grimey'; the single that was massive in the US. Then, N.O.R.E delivers another classic in the form of 'Nahmeanyaheard' - another outstanding track, which adds to the extravagant opening to this album. Every track is amazing and purely addictive, through and through. This flawless LP then delivers 'Live My Life' featuring Ja Rule, 'Now I Pray' and 'Consider This' featuring Kelis. Those are just a few of my favourites. Really, that is an overstatement, as every track on this CD is truly out of this world! To sum this up then? All I would have to say is: THE LP of this year, and the next, and the next.......A Timeless Classic!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nore is Back! 11 July 2002
Format:Audio CD
To say i was keen to get my mitts on this joint would be the biggest understatement of my life. Due to hearing some choice tracks on Westwood, i was geared up for some more new Nore material. I would have to say that there is more good than bad on the album. There are no fewer than 5 tracks produced by superproducers, The Neptunes (Nothin',Grimey,Full Mode,Head Bussa & Consider This)! Personally i think that Noreaga, like his rapping partner Capone, has always been untouchable lyrically but perhaps lacked imaginative production. He now appears to have that! The 'indian style beat' of the track "Nothin" is refreshing and just plain Big, but all the Neptune tracks are sound. Swizz Beatz also comes in on three tracks and does himself justice in my opinion. But perhaps my favourite track is "Love ya Moms" which is, as far as i can tell, an in house production. However it uses a sample of the Cyndi Lauper track "Time after Time",sounds strange i know but the lyrics are just big. Perhaps this is owed to the appearance of Capone who blends so well with the stylings of Noreaga. A few tracks may seem weak but this is in comparison to some true classics. I urge people to buy this album if they are merely pondering it as i'm sure they will not be dissapointed!
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Lazy Rap 18 Oct 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Being typically unobservant and not having bought any of his other albums, I was unaware that Noreaga had changed his name to N.O.R.E and so bought this album from a friends recommendation.
I was dissapointed to say the least. After looking at the back of the CD, I expected the first track featuring Nelly, Nas and ICE-T to be a collaboration, but no, lo and behold it was a pointless skit, as was the second track "God's Favorite", both of which are now skipped whenever the album is listened to. Anyway on to the songs: the first joint up is "Nothing", his latest single, which is in my oppinion a very dull track, with monotonous backing music and below-par rapping which deteriorates further in the second and third verses. Having listened to this for about a minute and being thoroughly bored, I skipped to the next track "Grimey", which was yet another lazily produced Neptunes beat with loose rapping.
Unfortunately, these tracks set the trend for most of the album, which is extremely repetitive and remarkably poorly rapped, considering N.O.R.E considers himself to be God's favourite. I would have given this album 1 star, were it not for four songs which just manage tosave it from being attrocious: These songs are "Mr CEO", a tightly produced beat that describes the pressure of the Rap business, "Nahmeanuheard", an almost experimental sounding joint from Swizz Beatz that although featuring more bad rapping from N, manages to stay varied enough to listen to, "Live My Life", a real upbeat tune from the Kingpin Irv Gotti featuring Ja Rule (though criminally, only in the chorus) and "Black Clouds", a real soulful track and the best on the album by far, explaining the bad luck that follows N.O.R.E around, and featuring some excellent harmonics from Complexions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Good 2 July 2002
By Anthony Humphrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Noreaga, has been around for a long time in the music industry. Weither he was recorded as a duo or with rapper Capone, Noreaga was never a serious force in hip hop until now. His first Def Jam Records release, is -=God's Favorite=-, the cocky, conceted title that has already spawned 2 of summer's most successful club smashes. N.O.R.E. (as he is often referred as) brings it hard with possible cross-over smashes and club bangers, without compromising his street credibility.
Noreaga drops clever one liners as he breezes over hip hop's hottest production and backdrops so far this year. The album starts off with 3 of the singles already released from this album: "Grimey" (the album's first single for its original release date in December), "Nahmeanuheard" (the album's promotional single) & "Nothing" [featuring Pharallel of alternative band N.E.R.D.] (the album's official single). The album stumbles for a second on "Big D" (which featues "My Neck My Back" artist Khia), but quickly slides into the album's hottest numbers, the Ja Rule laced "Live My Life" & the album's hottest track (and the possibly the years' hottest track) "Full Mode".
From there it slides into "Love Ya Moms" which again shows a softer side of Noreaga without compromising his thugged out image. The track is a posse cut, featuring Capone, Musaliny-N-Maze, Gold Oro & The Complexions. The Neptune's production shows up on another track "Head Bussa" again featuring Pharallel Williams of N.E.R.D. By this time in the album, I realize that there is 26 guest artists on 19 tracks, which is the album's biggest downfall. "Banned From another Club" is a crazy party joint, and the guest spot from Final Chapter is hot. "Now I Pray" is a hot song with Mussolini and is very street, and then another guest spot comes from Kelis on "Consider This", but she is always at her best and the hook is catchy so this one is welcomed.
Some of hip hop's hottest (Fat Joe, Cam'Ron & Capone) show up on "Nahmeanuheard" (remix). I love how Noreaga included the remix on the album, because most of the time the remix is hotter then the original and is only released on radio and underground mixtapes. Noreaga proves that he is wise well beyond his years and the progression that he has made since his debut in 1996 is clearly evident.
God's Favorite is one of rap's standout albums this year. Noreaga puts all his best efforts together and releases an album full of anthems for any kind of fan. This is an album that you will hear blasting out the cars of countless hip hop fans in urban areas around the world, so if you are in that catigory, make sure you scoop this one up, because you will be the only person not to have it. I hope Noreaga continues to bring it just as hard in the future as he does on this album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Noreaga can't flow anymore....... 16 July 2002
By Sean Cagney - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
He is not near the old Noreaga of the War Report and it is getting worse with each album he drops. His beats alone can make a good album worth listening to, but his lyrics are lazy like someone else said, he just doesn't really say anything on the microphone anymore that moves me (He says alot of stupid things for that matter). If you like commercialism with no real meaning to the lyrics you will enjoy this album because of the beats, but the lyrics are just blah. He needs Capone by his side on every album now, he is the best one out of the two and has some really tight thugged out lyrics. With Capone and other guests he is listenable, but with him and some whack guests on the albums I just can't bare it, period.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars God's Favorite 14 Feb 2006
By David Foskin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Recognized for keeping a biography of Manuel Noriega with him at all times, the then 16 year old Victor Santiago was christened after the Panamanian General who he emulated while serving time for attempted murder. In prison he met his present day cohort Capone during bible class. He became well known in the game during a time of the media frenzied east coast, west coast dispute with his verse on "LA, LA" the response to Tha Dogg Pound's dis record "New York, New York." Later in the year Capone -N- Noreaga was signed to Tommy Boy Records and released their debut album "The War Report". Five years and three albums later, N.O.R.E. made his way from the label that he claims "sucks" to the Godfather of rap labels "Def Jam Records". Recorded in just six weeks "God's Favorite" is a return to focus for N.O.R.E. who says he wasn't focused when his last solo album "N.O.R.E." was being recorded. The album looks to be a home run with The Neptunes, Irv Gotti, and Swizz Beats conducting about half of the album's production.

The album begins in a very peculiar way with two straight intro's "Hit Me Slime" and "God's Favorite". The third track is his single and current banger "Nothing" which is one of five tracks that were produced by the super producers The Neptunes. The next song "Grimey" isn't anything new since it was on the Violator compilation but the fire that the Queens MC spits on the blazin' track and the energetic beat that The Neptunes hooked up keeps your head knockin' back and forth relentlessly. "Mr. CEO" is dedicated to none other then the CEO who won't let him eat and handle his business in the rap game because he straight out of the hood. Irv Gotti produced "Life My Life" which features Ja Rule but he only does the hook. The song isn't anything spectacular and is the first song on the album that won't provide you much replay value.

You know it isn't an album without the humor which is what N.O.R.E. is known for, but he does tone that down and switch gears on the track "Black Clouds" where N.O.R.E. displays his honesty with the people saying "I admit Melvin Flynt my soul wasn't there/recorded in the studio my mind wasn't clear/." After Black Clouds the album slides into a slump with very mediocre tracks that aren't really worth the listen. The album does in fact conclude very well with one of the highpoints from the album that is the "Nameanuheard Remix" which features Capone, Cam'Ron, Fat Joe, and Cassidy. Also the Bonus Track "The Life Of A...(Gangsta) by Capone will get Capone fans eager for his solo album.

N.O.R.E.'s "God Favorite" maybe his most focused album but it seems as it was his most un prepared work to date. The consistency and replay value of this joint just isn't on it. The lack of diversity in production from The Neptunes, Irv Gotti, and Swizz Beats, and his set of producers take away from the quality of the album. The crew love that he shows towards his Thugged Out Militant doesn't assist the album very well as it seems N.O.R.E. got sluggish with the album and just threw on filler tracks which features his crew. N.O.R.E. is better off being Noreaga with his partner Capone for group albums and not solo's. The album is good for a laugh here and there but for the most part it's just N.O.R.E. talking noise for 70 minutes.

2.5 outta' 5.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Grimey is back again and this time it's with Def Jam 7 July 2002
By J. Highsmith - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After releasing Queensbridge classics such as "LA, LA", "Illegal Life", Stick You", "T.O.N.Y." and "Closer" with partner in crime Capone, Noreaga has taken a different path with his music. N.O.R.E. has become someone that just wants to have fun and have a good time with his music. Noreaga will never be in a best lyricist Top 20 or he will never be known for his great lyrics, but he always finds a way to get your attention. That is Victor Santiago's niche in the rap game. He can always get your attention. On his debut solo CD, once "Superthug" was released to radio, you couldn't tell Noreaga anything because he had one of the hottest songs on the street and on radio. If it wasn't for this hit song, the Neptunes might not even be around today and that is the truth. Other memorable moments from his debut CD include "Banned From TV" w/Big Pun, Cam'ron, Nature & The LOX, "The Assignment" w/Busta Rhymes, Spliff Star & Maze, the first single, "N.O.R.E.", "Body In The Trunk" w/Nas, and "I Love My Life" w/Carl Thomas. On his second CD, "Melvyn Flynt- Da Hustler", it seemed Noreaga was uninspired and that his label was trying to capitalize on the success of "Superthug" to soon. Although, the first single, "Oh No" was prodcued by The Neptunes and was a success, the rest of the CD was very lackluster. Other than "Sometimes", which was a tribute to his late father, the CD was filled with filler material. Once his partner Capone returned home after being incarcerated they recorded their last CD for Tommy Boy records entitled "The Reunion". This reminded me of the Noreaga that I expected from his "War Report" days. Songs like "Bang Bang" w/Foxy Brown, "Phonetime", "Invincible" where he even admits that "Melvyn Flynt" was wack, "B EZ" w/Nas, and "Y'all Don't Wanna" were songs worth hearing from the Queens duo. Now signed to Def Jam Records, Noreaga is here for a fresh start. The switching of labels has done Noreaga some good and the results are pretty good. First of all, some of the material is outdated, the CD's official 1st single, "Grimey" was actually released on the "Violator 2" CD. The Neptunes drop a nasty beat and the words flow from Noreaga's voice like he has been working with The Neptunes since birth. Although many fans may be tired of hearing Noreaga over The Neptunes' beats, that's when he is at his best. The 2nd single from "God's Favorite", "Nothin'" is another Neptunes track and is definitely all over radio and the club scene at this time. He won't win any points for originality, but this formula seems to work. "Live My Life" w/Ja Rule was supposed to be the 2nd single but after receiving a lukewarm reception from radio stations, Def Jam decided to go back to the drawing board, which was smart. "Nothin'" will definitely get Noreaga the gold plaque that he is accustomed to getting. Other noteworthy tracks include, "Full Mode", which will definitely be the next single after "Nothin" wears out its welcome, "Head Bussa", the remix of the Swizz Beats track, "Nahmeanuheard" w/Cam'ron, Fat Joe, Cassidy & Capone, "Black Clouds" and "Mr. CEO". I agree with reviewer anthony humphrey on his opinions about the song "Big D". This song was just a bad idea and probably just a way to get Akinyele on the CD. We don't need to hear Noreaga spit Spice channel type rhymes. Other filler tracks include "Wanna Be Like Him" w/Mashonda and "Banned From Another Club". "Consider This" w/Kelis has a catchy beat but the song is ruined when Noreaga starts talking about his "merry mack, all dressed in black". I mean, how unoriginal is that. "Love Ya Moms" was a good idea and is a good track, altogether. Overall, Noreaga has definitely showed improvement since his last solo offering. After a Def Jam Capone N Noreaga CD, Noreaga might have somethiing for us the fourth time around. He needs to improve on his subject matter but as long as he has good producers around him, he will always make some kind of impact on the rap game. Also, check out Track 19, "The Life Of A... (Gangsta)", the bonus track with Capone & Chinky. It is worth listening to. I actually rate this CD 3 and a half stars, but if you're not a fan of Noreaga then of course your rating will be lower than mine.
James' Top 5
1. Grimey
2. Nothin'
3. Full Mode
4. Live My Life w/ Ja Rule
5. Nahmeanuheard (Remix) w/Capone, Cam'ron, Fat Joe & Cassidy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars G.O.D's favorite 25 April 2003
By "lyrical_one" - Published on Amazon.com
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off the hook the beats and lyrics are slammin with satisfactional hits like "nothin'","grimey","mr. ceo", it's a hip hop classic, if you are a cnn follower you have to check out his album and listen top these tight tracks. All the people who gave this a bad review, man I don't know if you guys are really cnn fans, look at what you listen to a little alternative and country sounds like your choices. To all N.O.R.E fans get this album it is off the hook and it worth buying.
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