You knew it was only a matter of time until M.O.P. decided to branch out into the world of rock. With M.O.P. being Hip Hop's own brand of "heavy metal for the black people", the progression for Billy Danze and Lil Fame is certainly natural. Their latest venture into rock, "Mash Out Posse", is a remix album with indy band Shiner Massive. The album's 13 cuts are comprised of old material, only this time with a harder rock edge.
While the original versions of "Ground Zero", "Calm Down" and "Robbin' Hoodz" (Ante Up) are infinitely better than their new remixes, Shiner Massive still manages to do a good job at replacing each tracks distinct vibe. "Mash Out Posse" is an album that will certainly hit hard and get your adrenaline pumping from beginning to end. It follows in the same tradition of every M.O.P. album to date, and tracks like "Stand Clear" and "Fire" certainly epitomize that. And while many of the new remixes follow a predictable pattern, "Put It In The Air" and "Hilltop Flava" manage to shine the brightest. With the addition of a haunting vocal sample, "Put It In The Air" takes on a new life of its own, no matter the disappearance of Sean Carter's spectacular verse. "Hilltop Flava" on the other hand is a remake of the Beastie Boy's classic "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn". M.O.P. is one of the few groups that could pull off the arduous task of remaking the Beastie's legendary song, and they certainly do a good job at it.
While M.O.P.'s "Mash Out Posse" album may lack heavy replay value, the album is still a nice effort to hold you over until their highly anticipated Roc-A-Fella release. Whether its rock or rap, M.O.P. is a group that knows how to bring hardcore every time. And while more groups try to change with the times, M.O.P. will always remain the same, and that is why we love them.