N.O.R.E. is looking to try something new for his fourth solo rap album, Student of the Game. The LP’s upcoming single “Tadow,” featuring Pusha T and 2 Chainz, is just one example of the CNN rapper’s outlook on music.
“Actually, Fat Joe brung me this record. Fat Joe heard the record and said, ‘Yo, I never heard you a new school-sounding era, or a new school-sounding beat the trap beats,” N.O.R.E. told MTV News of the unreleased “Tadow” while on the set for the song’s video in Union City, New Jersey, on Wednesday. “So, I took the beat. I laid it. After hearing it, I felt like I shouldn’t do something like this by myself.”
N.O. decided to add his pals Pusha T and 2 Chainz to the song, but when it was time to shoot the video, a bunch of N.O.R.E.’s rap pals came out, just to support. Though he isn’t featured on the song, Noreaga’s partner-in-rhyme Capone showed up, as well CurT@!n$, Troy Ave and Wu-Tang Clan favorite Raekwon. “With me and N.O. it’s straight loyalty. It’s bigger than music, it’s bigger than glamour, fame,” the Chef told us. “It’s two people that met and dig each other and at the end of the day if I’m around and I’m here I’ll come out for a good n—a.”
“Me and N.O.R.E. got a long history like back in the ‘Superthug’ days when I wasn’t even on at all, we just kept that relationship going,” Pusha T said dating he and the Queens MC’s relationship back to around 1998.
For the Will Millions-directed “Tadow,” N.O.R.E. conceptualized a fun, sports-themed video where he and his guest stars go head-to-head in some less-celebrated sports like stickball and handball.
“I wanted to bring it to the hood and do something different,” he said. “It’s not the sports that you’re used to; it’s the hood sports. I think handball should be in the Olympics.”
“I think people gonna get a kick out of this video,” Pusha said. “Along with the verses, it’s a lot of character that goes along in the video.”