In my photo journal, Shades of Hip Hop: Undaground Seen, I talk about the importance of cherishing the moments in life which change and inspire us. In a song recently released by Noreaga called, Moments, he deftly weaves a laid back reflection on the past ups and downs of life. Nore shows continued range in his lyrical growth as a mature Hiphoppa by skipping the juvenile bravado and fantasies for more grounded verses and hooks on this track.
Heard you smoke cigarettes still
Yeah, well that ain’t good for you
You found a woman who love you, that’s good for you
You get bent every night, that ain’t good for you
Heard you moved out the hood, you know that’s good for you
See in life man, it’s just about the moments
I swear to God yo, it’s just ’bout the moments
It ain’t about who’s rich, it’s ’bout the moments
It ain’t about that bitch, it’s ’bout the moments
As a means of full disclosure, I have been a bit biased toward rooting for Nore’s success ever since he dropped his debut album in 1998. On April 1st of that year, just before he completed the album, he invited me up to the Hit Factory to record Shades of Hip Hop. What happened afterward, is still to this day, one of my favorite shoots. The whole session was captured on vol. 5 CDS: Controlled Dangerous Substance. That moment in time helped shape my love for the culture and has benefited my character since then. Specifically, I have Nore to thank for adding to my personal experience in Hip Hop. His realness and humility in person has always shown through in the same authentic way it does on records. Hip Hop can congratulate Noreaga for far exceeding what could have become a singular mission for self-aggrandizement. Instead, Nore has always seemed skilled in passing on knowledge in his own way while having fun at the same time.