AOTY 2023

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The Firm - The Album
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"And nowadays fools don’t know how to act cause we all wanna be Tony Montana" - Ras Kass

Perhaps that line best sums up this album. The supergroup of Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown and Nature watched too much Scarface and now think they're mobsters. Mafioso rap, the subgenre started by Kool G Rap, became a staple of east coast hip hop in the mid/late 90's. The subgenre birthed some of hip hop's greatest efforts ever, such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Reasonable Doubt, among several other ... read more


So first, this album cover is a cheap remodel of The Fugees' album. Second and more importantly, the music is a middle ground between late 90's Nas and the shiny suit, jiggy era ushered in by Bad Boy at the time. Both of those are easily two of my least favorite styles of hip hop, so to pair the two together is a recipe for Rollo_P depression. Why bother with this album when IWW does everything it does better?


If you've heard 'It Was Written,' you certainly recognize the track 'Affirmative Action.' The song that featured Nas's past collaborator AZ, the female rapper Foxy Brown who was starting to blow up around the time, and the relatively unknown Cormega. They formed a supergroup together, along with fellow rapper Nature. They got signed by Dr. Dre and released their debut album under Aftermath, and it hit number 1 on the Billboard charts! Sounds like they were set to be something great right?

Not ... read more

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Added on: April 15, 2015