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The Album
The Album The Firm
Studio album by The Firm

Released

21 October 1997

Recorded

November 1996-August 1997

Genre

Hip hop

Length

53:04

Label

Aftermath/Interscope/MCA

Producer

Dr. Dre, Curt Gowdy, L.E.S., Mel-Man, Chris "The Glove" Taylor, Trackmasters

The Album is the only studio album by American hip hop supergroup The Firm, released in 1997 on Aftermath Entertainment. Three members of the group (Nas, Foxy Brown and AZ) had previously released massively successful albums, so expectations for the album were high. It was produced primarily by Aftermath founder Dr. Dre and Trackmasters, and features mafioso rap themed lyrics.

The album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200. Despite its commercial success, it received negative reviews from critics, who were unimpressed with the results of an album that featured an all-star vocal and production team. The Album received an overwhelmingly negative review in Los Angeles Daily News, who stated that "this collection is so prodictable you find yourself finishing the rhymes on the first listen" and "the disc seems as instantly dated as a pet rock".[1]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Producer(s) Time
1. "Intro" - - Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 0:47
2. "Firm Fiasco" Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown Cruz, Jones, Marchand, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 4:28
3. "Phone Tap (Intro)" - - - 0:35
4. "Phone Tap" AZ, Nas, Dr. Dre, Nature Baxter, Cruz, Jones, Taylor, Young Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 3:46
5. "Executive Decision" Nas, Nature, AZ Barnes, Baxter, Cruz, Jones, Olivier, Pimentel Curt Gowdy, Trackmasters 3:43
6. "Firm Family" Nature, Dr. Dre Baxter, Goodman, Ray, Robinson, Vick Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 4:00
7. "Firm All Stars" Pretty Boy, Nas, Foxy Brown Barnes, Marchand, Olivier Trackmasters 3:20
8. "Fuck Somebody Else (Intro)" - - - 1:19
9. "Fuck Somebody Else" Foxy Brown Gamble, Huff, Marchand Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 4:23
10. "Hardcore" Nas, Foxy Brown Barnes, Harris, Jones, Lewis, Marchand, Olivier Trackmasters 4:10
11. "Untouchable" Wizard Bradford, Jones Dr. Dre, Mel-Man 1:13
12. "Five Minutes to Flush (Intro)" - - - 0:45
13. "Five Minutes to Flush" Nature Baxter, Fletcher, Hutchins, Smith, Young Dr. Dre, Chris "The Glove" Taylor 4:43
14. "Desperados (Intro)" - - - 0:29
15. "Desperados" Nas, Canibus, Foxy Brown, AZ, Nature Barnes, Baxter, Cruz, Diop, Olivier, Pimentel, Williams Curt Gowdy, Trackmasters 4:30
16. "Firm Biz" AZ, Nas, Foxy Brown, Dawn Robinson Brockert, Cruz, Jones, Lewis, Marchand, McGrier L.E.S. 3:24
17. "I'm Leaving" Noreaga, Nature Barnes, Baxter, Olivier, Santiago Trackmasters 3:31
18. "Throw Your Guns" AZ, Half a Mill Barnes, Cruz, Olivier, Wardlaw Trackmasters 3:58

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