Don Cartegena (1998)
This was my first album on Atlantic. I had to get off of Relativity because they didn’t look at me as a big artist and they weren’t wiling to spend the marketing dollars it took to be successful the way I wanted to be. But Atlantic gave me a big deal. We were coming right after Big Pun’s [Capital Punishment]. He had just gone double platinum and I had always thought of myself as a Don, so we took that concept and just ran with it. I had to go in the studio and do 20 songs with Pun! I’m going back to back with the same guy that everyone is saying is the best at that time [laughs]. Writing and working with Pun prepared me to step my game up.