Student of the Game

Student of the Game

by N.O.R.E.


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Student of the Game

After expanding his horizons with reggaeton on his 2006 album and then returning back to overly familiar territory for 2007's Noreality, 2008's Iron Liver, and 2009's S.O.R.E., 2013's Student of the Game finds N.O.R.E. searching again for his audience. Even in the album's best moments, when classic breakbeats by Pete Rock ("Vitamins") and Large Professor ("Built Pyramids") bump up against modern synthesized productions by Pharrell Williams ("The Problem [Lawwwddd]") and Jahlil Beats ("Faces of Death"), all the style-jumping makes one wonder if the Queens rapper has indeed lost his way. A wide range of guest spots and skits further convolutes things, but as unfocused as the album tends to be, there are some redeeming moments and it's hard to blame the guy for trying new things. Especially when the biggest departure on the album -- a golden era-sounding team-up with Large Professor -- is his best track in years.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/2013
Label: Ent. One Music
UPC: 0099923248422
catalogNumber: 2484

Album Credits

Performance Credits

N.O.R.E.   Primary Artist
Cooking Soul   scratching

Technical Credits

Chaly Barrionuevo   Composer
Large Professor   Producer
Pete Rock   Producer
Pharrell Williams   Producer
SPK   Producer
Inf   Producer
N.O.R.E.   Executive Producer
Scram Jones   Producer
Kejuan Muchita   Composer
Hanif Sumner   Publicity
Chris Herche   Marketing
Giovanna Melchiorre   Publicity
DJ Thoro   Producer
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
T. Epps   Composer
V. Santiago   Composer
S. Green   Composer
Illa   Producer
Hazardis Soundz   Producer,Engineer
William Paul Mitchell   Composer
J. Tucker   Composer
Marc Shemer   Composer
John Barreto   Engineer
Victor Morante   Production Director
Charlie Brown   Producer
Brendan Laezza   Marketing
Danielle Brimm   Producer
Jaleel Beats   Producer
Cooking Soul   Producer
R. Fresser   Composer

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