Author: Adam Bernard
Not a lot of rap artists can pull off having an opera singer doing a hook for
them, and even fewer would seek one out. That's exactly what Capone did for
his solo album's lead single, "Soldier Story (Who Am I?)." "When I listen
for beats and stuff I listen for something that someone else with a hot record
out is lacking," explains Capone, who continued "Heatmakerz produced the
track and Opera Steve is one of their artists. I told 'em I needed someone
singing my name and I wanted it different then just a DJ cutting my name on the
track. They brought Opera Steve to my attention."
Capone's album, "Pain, Time & Glory," is on Koch Records, the latest landing
point in a recording career defined by fluctuation. As a part of CNN, which
Capone says is still definitely intact, Capone's been on Penalty, Tommy Boy
and Def Jam. Def Jam was where he thought he had found his permanent home, but
a shooting he was associated with at a local radio station would prove to be
his undoing there. "They were supposed to lead off with the solo album then
the unexpected occurred, the Hot97 incident. That got me banned. Just allowing
the incident to go down, they know I didn't shoot no gun. It's not like the
police got involved in my end. Just the fact that my people and Kim's people
got involved in a situation, but we both got banned."
From label troubles to legal troubles, Capone feels he's weathered his fair
share of industry insanity and "Pain, Time & Glory" covers many of those
feelings. Capone says of his solo debut, "I don't spit a lot of punch lines, I
just give it to you real. I just feel people are really going to respect this
album and where I'm coming from. Everyone basically kicks the same thing so
it's how you put it and what makes your situation different from everybody else.
I put some real stuff in there and people can remember when I was going
One situation most people remember is the recent shooting death of Akon's
road manager while he was hanging out with Capone. "That situation was
unfortunate," Capone laments "because if we could have took a second to think about
what we were doing we could have prevented it. Whoever was behind that pistol
if he had taken a second to think everything could have been resolved. It
happened and my heart goes out to his family and everyone who's was affected. It
affects me every day. Akon is like my brother from another mother, we met and
we clicked off top and I think sometimes it takes an angel to leave us to
bring two people together. I just look at it like I wish we could have avoided
it and I'm here for his whole family his whole team and akon, and I try to keep
myself out of stations like that."
The reporting of the shooting had its fair share of inaccuracies according to
Capone. "They got it out like the dude was trying to rob me but it wasn't
like that. I don't want people to think they shouldn't wear jewelry. Just
think about things before you do them, you can go to jail for the rest of your
life or you could die. Think before you react. That split second before you
think can determine the rest of your life."
As if that situation wasn't enough weight for one's mind to handle, the
aftermath of the Lil' Kim incident at Hot97 won't seem to go away either as
Capone was made to speak about it recently in court. Capone notes "there's
nothing I said in court, or anybody else, that made them find her guilty. It was
plain and so conspicuous. It wasn't right. They just used us as scapegoats to
make it more of a media fiasco. They got what they wanted."
With his mind on his music Capone is gearing up for his solo joint to drop.
"CNN has always been there," he explains "even with NORE doing solo work.
It's just my time to branch off and show people I am an artist. He did his
thing solo-wise now it's my turn."
Capone also has a message for Koch records, letting them know that if all
goes well with his solo album CNN could make the jump to Koch, as well. "If they
do right by my solo album I would love to bring CNN over there," he says
confidently. Confidence is something Capone doesn't lack. With his numerous,
well documented, incidents now behind him, Capone has managed to stay focused
enough to create and release "Pain, Time & Glory." He's already been through
the "Pain" and "Time" aspects of the title, all that's left is to enjoy the
Originally posted: September 6, 2005