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The Firm

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Album Review

With a cast list lengthy enough to compete with that of a small movie, The Album is an auditory trip into the lives of a handful of nefarious individuals living a gangsta lifestyle. Major players on this project include Nas ("Escobar"), Foxy Brown, AZ ("Sosa"), and Nature, although tracks are peppered with additional and less popular MCs such as Pretty Boy ("Firm All Stars"), Wizard ("Untouchable"), Canibus ("Desperados"), Noreaga ("I'm Leaving"), and Half-A-Mil ("Throw Your Guns"). Dr. Dre and the Trackmasters share equal billing as supervising producers. Dre's production is atypically diverse from track to track and lacks any samples or arrangements reminiscent of his work with N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, or his own solo projects. This diversity may be the result of the collaboration with Chris "The Glove" Taylor on the production tasks for five of the six tracks for which Dre is responsible. The teamwork production of the Trackmasters is orchestrated by Poke, Tone, Kurt Gowdy, and L.E.S., and provides the instrumentation for the remaining seven of 13 songs. ~ Qa'id Jacobs, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Slept-on

This is like a dream team of rappers...Nas, Nature, Foxy Brown, and AZ. Dr. Dre and Track masters drops some classic beats. "Firm Fiasco" and "Phone Tap" are some of Dre's finest. I can listen to every song on the album. I love when Canibus comes in and kills the Spanish gutair beat on "Desperados. The only problem with this album is that it's not consistent and solid. Some songs have like WiZARD and Noreiega. who aren't even part of the FIRM. Also, Nas tries to change his image a little bit going straight Mafioso instead of the street prophet. If I were you I'd cop the album, if not at least buy a good majority of the songs.

Underrated

With the rapper/producer collaberations here this album should have been a smash. It was mired only by the need of Nas and his cronies to milk what was at the time a growing trend of gangster impresario alter-egos in order to make this seem like a concept album. In retrospect, just a very good work with some great cameos which faltered under a labored artistic vision.

"Yo This Esco, Who this?"

This Ablum has to be a classic, A Must buy.

Biography

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s

The East Coast gangsta rap supergroup the Firm never lived up to its excessive hype and instead became a brief footnote in the careers of its main participants. The foursome included four New York rappers — Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ, and Nature — but was actually the pet project of its producers: Nas Escobar (as he referred to himself at the time), Steve "Commissioner" Stoute, Dr. Dre, and the Trackmasters. On paper, the group seemed nothing short of spectacular: on the vocals Nas and Foxy...
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