One of the most famous American rappers with Puerto Rican heritage is Victor Santiago Jr., better known as N.O.R.E. He is famous for his club mainstream hits, sagas, and reggaeton music. Many of his colleagues joked about the lack of sense in Victor’s lyrics. However, that didn’t keep Santiago from selling 5 million copies of the albums created by him and the Capone-N-Noreaga (CNN) duo. N.O.R.E. was the first person to notice Farrell William’s talent, who became famous thanks to the collaboration with Noreaga (N.O.R.E.’s first pseudonym).
Victor Santiago Jr. was born on 6 September 1976 in New York. He has Puerto Rican heritage. When Victor began his career, he was part of the group CNN, which became famous in the world of hip-hop. The artist adopted a pseudonym Noreaga in honor of Panamanian military officer Manuel Noriega, who had some history of drug trafficking.
N.O.R.E met his partner Capone in jail. In 1996, the band CNN was mentioned in the Source magazine. Soon, the young men recorded their debut LP, The War Report. While they were working on the album, Capone was sent back to jail for breaking parole. So Noreaga had to finish the album alone. Later, the album earned a gold status from RIAA. It allowed Noreaga to start thinking about solo work.