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Studio album by N.O.R.E.


July 7, 1998


June 1997 - February 1998


Criteria Studios
(Miami, Florida)
Electric Lady Studios
(Greenwich Village, New York City)


East Coast hip hop, Mafioso rap, Hardcore hip hop, Thug rap




Penalty Records / Tommy Boy Records


L.E.S., Dame Grease, Capone (exec.), Duro, EZ Elpee, Kurt Gowdy, Marley Marl, Nasheim Myrick, Jay "Waxx" Garfield, Swizz Beatz, SPK, The Neptunes, Trackmasters

N.O.R.E. (an acronym for N*!#+s On The Run Eating), is the solo debut studio album by American rapper N.O.R.E.. It was released in July 7, 1998 through Tommy Boy Records and Penalty Records. Recording sessions took place at Criteria Studios in Miami and Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village, New York from June 1997 to February 1998. Production was handled by L.E.S., Swizz Beatz, Marley Marl, The Neptunes, Trackmasters, SPK, Dame Grease, Nasheim Myrick, Duro, EZ Elpee, Kurt Gowdy, and Jay "Waxx" Garfield. It includes guest appearances from Nature, Cam'ron, Big Pun, The LOX members: Styles P & Jadakiss, Nas, Busta Rhymes, Kool G Rap, Spliff Star, Musalini, Maze, Kid Capri, Chico DeBarge and Carl Thomas.

The album debuted at #3 on the US Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with the sales of 165,000 copies in its first week of release. N.O.R.E. spawned the three singles: "Superthug" (which peaked at #36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reached #1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart), "Banned From T.V." and the title track "N.O.R.E." (which peaked at #59 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and reached #32 on the Hot Rap Songs chart).

Track listing[]

  1. "The Jump Off" - 0:54
  2. "Banned From T.V." (feat. Nature, Big Pun, Cam'ron, Styles P and Jadakiss) - 5:11
  3. "I Love My Life" (feat. Carl Thomas) - 4:36
  4. "N.O.R.E." - 3:14
  5. "Hed Interlude" - 1:00
  6. "Hed" (feat. Nature) - 4:48
  7. "It's Not a Game" (feat. Mussolini and Maze) - 3:12
  8. "Fiesta" (feat. Kid Capri) - 3:35
  9. "40 Island" (feat. Kool G Rap and Mussolini) - 4:35
  10. "The Way We Live" (feat. Chico DeBarge) - 5:09
  11. "Animal Thug Interlude" - 1:41
  12. "The Change" - 3:32
  13. "Superthug" - 5:00
  14. "Da Story" (feat. Maze) - 4:43
  15. "Mathematics (Esta Loca)" - 3:23
  16. "The Assignment" (feat. Maze, Spliff Star and Busta Rhymes) - 4:22
  17. "Body in the Trunk" (feat. Nas) - 3:49
  18. "One Love" - 5:13
  19. "Outro" - 1:01


The Jump Off

  • "Le Matin Sur La Riviere" by Eve Brenner

Banned From T.V.

  • "Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spoke Zarathustra)" by Richard Strauss

I Love My Life

  • "I Need Your Lovin'" by Alyson Williams

It's Not a Game

  • "Cuando Vayas Conmigo" by Jose Jose

40 Island

The Way We Live

  • "Insatiable Woman" by Isley Jasper Isley
  • "Secret Lovers" by Atlantic Starr

The Change

  • "Harke, Harke" by Jordi Savall
  • "UFO" by ESG


  • "Heart of Glass" by Blondie

Mathematics (Esta Loca)

  • "Black and White" by Three Dog Night
  • "The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)" by Black Sheep

The Assignment

  • "Take the Time to Tell Her" by Jerry Butler