Label: Relativity

Everybody went ape for "How About Some Hardcore," but it was when the crew first teamed up with DJ Premier for the "Rugged Never Smoove (Remix)"/"Downtown Swinga" single that they really shined. Adopted as the unofficial third member of the group, Mean Joe Preem blessed Lil' Fame and Billy Danze with some frighteningly great beats to rock over, resulting in burners along the lines of "Stick To Ya Gunz" (complete with a classic Kool G Rap cameo), "Brownsville," and the title track. Combined with a few quality Big Jaz (aka Jaz-O) spots, Firing Squad was a big step up from To The Death in every way, and paved the way for the triumphs of the Warriorz album in 2000.