Puff Daddy & the Family, No Way Out (1997)
Label: Bad Boy
A$AP Yams: “It took, you know, post-Big’s and post-Pac’s death, it took everything to the next level as far as the east coast. It was kind of a void to be filled in and shit like that. And nobody knew where it was going, and nobody expected Puff to be the one to take it to the next level as well. Just the whole cohesiveness between Diddy, Black Rob—pardon me—Puffy, Black Rob, The Lox, Ma$e and shit. It was just constantly coming right after the next one, and constant bangers, and it was always on the radio. It was all we heard on the radio. You know what I’m saying?
“And the fact that Puff took joints from the 80s, and made them super-fly—some super-fly, ghetto fabulous shit out of it, where it wasn’t too pop, but it was good enough to be on the pop stations, but it was still some, you know, fly hard shit.”