Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 24, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Noreality

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
N.O.R.E.
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

Is Victor Santiago kidding? That was the question in the late ’90s when the Queens-born rapper N.O.R.E. (then known as Noreaga) exaggerated his short-tempered hoodlum persona to the brink of absurdity on hits like ”Superthug.” Sure enough, he’s as hyperaggressive as ever on this fifth solo release, Noreality. But while foulmouthed rants like ”Paternity Test” wear out their welcome, N.O.R.E. manages to channel his ire into several focused performances (”I’ma Get You,” ”The Rap Game”). Maybe we shouldn’t send him off to anger management just yet. B
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