Album: It Was Written

Foxy Brown’s controversial math aside, “Affirmative Action” is arguably the best posse cut ever recorded and laid the foundation for the Firm’s formation. Unfortunately the group could never top this and their album failed to meet expectations. Still, this track showed so much promise. The strings in the beginning could’ve been featured in a Scorsese flick and AZ’s intro could’ve been a monologue written by Tarantino. Cinematic music was a Trackmasters staple during this period and having a crew of some of the best lyricists in the game made their job to paint a picture of sounds that much easier. Sosa, Escobar, Cormega, and Foxy Brown was a dangerous syndicate with mafia raps galore and this song was their calling card. AZ’s opening bars, “Yo sit back, relax, catch ya contact, sip your cognac, and let's all wash this money through this laundry mat,” are some of the most quoted bars ever as is Nas’ “Yo, my mind is seeing through your design like blind fury.” —Angel Diaz