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Fat Joe f/ Raekwon, Big Pun, & Armageddon "Firewater" (1996)

Produced by: Born Lords

Raekwon: “Pun was definitely a good friend of mine and that record “Firewater” was Pun’s first record on-air. The first look. And it's so crazy that, I don't know, brothers sometimes look at me as a fortune teller or a genie or a psychic, but I remember Joe coming up to me, ‘cause you know Joe invited me up to the studio to get on a record with him. So you know me I'm a New York kid, I'm going everywhere, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten.

”Wind up in the Bronx with Joe that night and Joe is like, ‘Yo, I wanna introduce you to somebody.’ And then he introduced me to Pun. He was like, ‘Yo, this my mans from the street.’ So I'm like, ‘Aight man, whassup man how you doing?’ He's like, ‘Yo, yo, I'm a big fan of you. Love your style man.’ Like, his personality just really made me like him more. Joe came to me personally and asked me, ‘Yo, I want you to hear my man real quick.’

”This was before the record so I'm like, ‘Yeah, aight cool.’ Next thing you know the nigga just started goin’ in and I'm just looking at this nigga, looked at Joe, looked at Joe again like... [Laughs.] Next thing you know Joe asked me like, ‘Yo, you think this nigga got it?’ I looked at him and said, ‘What?! Where you find him from?’ He said, ‘Nah, this my man from the hood.’ So I'm like, ‘Yo, you gonna put him on right?’ So automatically he was like, ‘You think he got it?’ I was like, ‘Do he got it!?’ I was like, ‘Fuck with him.’ He was like, ‘Yo, I wanna put him on this record.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, let's fuck with him.’ And that's when ‘Firewater’ was born.”

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