When it comes to legends in hip hop, N.O.R.E. is easily in the hall of fame, having remained relevant within the culture as both a veteran emcee and as a media outlet for his fellow peers. Following last year’s Patio Furniture release with J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League comes a double song drop from the Capone-N-Noreaga alum — the gritty “Outta Line” featuring fellow New York lyricists Conway The Machine and Method Man, and the club-ready “Goin Up” with Dreamdoll and DJ Khaled. While both songs are equally top quality, it’s probably N.O.R.E.’s bars over the Hazardis Soundz’s “Outta Line” production that truly reminds everyone why he’s one of the realest in the game:
“I was in Madrid, Spain on some other shit, connect he got the call, he at the plug on the mothership, suicide opium, cocaine Biscayne, Cuban cigar shit, still I’m on my mob shit/
Still I’m selling diesel like Busta Rhymes’ armpit, I used to sell coke to my man pops, he could get it elsewhere, but elsewhere was all opps, the lesser evil, good or bad like a paralegal/”
Directed by Sergio Parra and Square Deal Media, an accompanying visual sees both tracks turned into a short film of sorts, beginning with some comedic relief from Mr. Commodore. N.O.R.E. is then seen in his Lefrak stomping grounds, getting a fresh cut and mobbing heavy with his “Outta Line” collaborators. Following a quick intermission, day then turns to night as N.O.R.E. and Dreamdoll get flashy and pop bottles for “Goin Up.” Elsewhere, Khaled shows his support throughout the lively second act.
Back in 2018, N.O.R.E. liberated his seventh album 5E, which saw 11 cuts and a slew of assists from Fabolous, Fat Joe, Tory Lanez, The-Dream, Sevyn Streeter, Jadakiss, Wyclef Jean, Pharrell Williams, and more. Hopefully, the new music means that an official follow-up is on the way.
In the meantime, fans can enjoy the two-for-one clip below.