N.O.R.E. is the latest to join Busta Rhymes’ Conglomerate Family, a collective of artists including Reek Da Villain, Nikki Grier, J. Dough and Lonnie B. The rapper, formerly of Capone-N-Noreaga, is currently working on his upcoming solo album S.U.P.E.R.T.H.U.G., previously known as N.O.R.E. Pt. 2: Born Again. It is unknown whether the album will release on Busta Rhymes’ skein.
UPDATE: Busta Rhymes has clarified yesterday’s announcement that N.O.R.E. is joining his Conglomerate Records family. Instead of signing him to the label, Bus-A-Buss has forged a business partnership between his shingle and N.O.R.E.’s Militainment.
“I didn’t really sign N.O.R.E. to the Conglomerate,” he said. “We did a business partnership, because N.O.R.E. already got Militainment poppin’. He got his own company, he CEO of his own shit already. So when we decided to come together, it was a merging of the company, a merging of the brands, a merging of the corporations and just forming a more powerful conglomerate. It’s really a Conglomerate/Militainment thing.”
He also claimed that the partnership is based on their history. “The whole N.O.R.E. situation came about because we got a friendship that he’s like one of my brothers, one of my closest comrades in this music shit. It was pretty much an organic thing. We always been a part of each other’s development and career growth,” he continued. “So we just finally decided as brethren, usually friends help each other secure the win.”