These days, selling 90,000 copies of an album in its first week of release is respectable. When Fat Joe and his Terror Squad goons released their second crew LP to those same figures, it was considered an insurmountable flop. This was compounded by the fact that "Lean Back" was such a massive hit.
The thing is, True Story is a good album, no matter how you perceive its sales. Fat Joe blacked on "Nothing's Gonna Stop Me," Remy Ma established her presence on "Hum Drum," and Tony Sunshine sang on "Streets of NY" and it wasn't annoying. Plus, the production was top-notch. Calling this album a poor effort is a gross exaggeration.