N.O.R.E., formerly Noreaga, is an American hip hop and reggaeton recording artist from Queens, New York City. N.O.R.E. first rose to prominence as one half of the East Coast hip hop duo Capone-N-Noreaga (C-N-N), alongside fellow Queens-based rapper Capone. He would also have success as a solo artist with the singles “Superthug“, “Banned from T.V.“, “Nothin’“, “Oye Mi Canto” and “Mas Maiz“.
N.O.R.E. has released music under various record labels, including Penalty, Roc-La-Familia, Def Jam, and Babygrande Records. In June 2011, it was announced Santiago partnered with fellow American rapper Busta Rhymes‘ Conglomerate label, where he released his 2013 album Student of the Game, issued under E1 Music. N.O.R.E. is also chief executive officer (CEO) of his own imprint, Militainment Business.
DJ EFN is an American record label executive and DJ, based in Miami, who specializes in hip-hop. Since the early 1990s, operating most often under the banner of Crazy Hood Productions, EFN has worked in the hip-hop industry in a variety of capacities, including as a mixtape producer, album producer and A&R consultant, radio host, marketing and promotions specialist, clothing retailer, artist manager, and film producer. In the fall of 2004, Boston’s t.r.u.e. magazine noted, “Crazy Hood Productions remains a pillar in Miami, as it has been for the better part of ten years.”
Certified Gold Producer/Engineer to HipHop Legends! Credits include Noreaga, MOP, Cormega, Raekwon, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz and many more. His music has been featured on HBO, VH1, E! , Vice and more. Man’s the boards for us as the Drink Champs Podcast Engineer.
Kevin "Ras Kev" Ross
Akazie is the Drink Champs Podcast graphic designer representing Sacramento, CA. Since a young mustache Akazie has always been inspired by Hip-Hop from all genres and coastal regions with strong influences from Spice One, Three 6 Mafia, UGK, MC Eiht, Twista, Capone-N-Norega, Cormega, Nas, DJ Screw, Wu-Tang, Brotha Lynch Hung and many others. Akazie created graphics for artist such as Rukus, Evenodds, Big Rich, The Goodfelonz, Rob Rize, Mugzy the MoneyMaker, Timothy Rhyme and many others. Now working with the Drink Champs Podcast team.