Label: Aftermath/Interscope Records
Worst Song: "Fuck Somebody Else"


After the success of the posse cut “Affirmative Action” off Nas' It Was Written, the idea of forming the The Firm crew made a lot of sense. On paper, it was a win. Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Cormega would rhyme over beats provided by Dr. Dre and the Trackmasters and create a classic collaborative album that would highlight some of the best rappers that New York had to offer at the time. But it only worked on paper.

In reality, this thing was a train wreck from the start. Cormega was replaced by Nature shortly after the group began recording because of creative differences between him and Nas. Furthermore, the album eventually took on a pop-oriented sound that did not fit the mafioso theme the group was going for. Finally, Nas and Foxy Brown (both beloved New York rappers at that time) were in short order here—each appearing on only six of the 18 tracks. What a fucking fiasco.