M.O.P. - Warriorz      
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written by Philip Oliver    
Its been 7 years since The Mash Out Posse released their first album ‘To the Death’ with time and on their 4th full length the duo have slowly evolved into the most anticipated of 2000. Their last long player outing ‘First family 4 life’ hinted at the potential Billy Danzini and Lil Fame could bring us, staying true to the hardcore and not even being tempted to walk into that commercial light, these are the ones who really kept it real. All that effort has now paid off, the non believers have all sat up and taken notice, whether its ‘Stick to Ya Gunz’, ‘Ante up’, ‘Breakin the rules’, ‘Downtown Swinga’, ‘World Famous’ or the early 90’s NY Anthem ‘How about some hardcore’ we all have our favorite blood vessel bustin’ MOP track. Since the last album they been working the cameo route and with more collaborations under their belt have stolen the show with each appearance, will they do the same for this album?

The stakes are mos definitely high this album as its time to shut up the people who dismissed the group as saying nothing ‘Just a load of shouting over good beats’, Billy and Fizzy Womack are here to prove they have a lot more to offer. ‘Warriorz’ has been a long time coming, DJ Premier apologizes for that in the intro, but why has there been nearly a one year wait? Well it seems that M.O.P. took time and are gonna get it right this time and they seem to hit the spot on nearly every track. Enlisting the works of mart from Primo certainly does the LP no harm as the perfect marriage between the producer and emcees on 6 tracks is not taking over the affair they have with self-production and the cuts DR Period and Layz E Lay bring. If you want proof check the insane ‘G Building’, I’ve had this in rotation since last year and its intense energy and sick as fuck attack on the mic still has me angry as fuck when its played. And if you want more of that then check the current flex favorite ‘Ante up’, I wasn’t really liking this track when we first got it a while back but you quickly realize this DR period creation will become and deserves to be a classic. Now if I do have one problem with the album version is why do we have Flex to spoil the beginning, the track started things nicely as it was, now the Funkmaster is yelling all over it, go get the 12" if you don’t already.

‘Everyday’ is something different for the group as they go for that thin line by collaborating with Santana favorites, The Product G&B. But don’t get upset as this track is still hardcore, I mean I can’t really see this one taking off on Hip Pop FM with the infectious hook "Everyday we keep it gangster so what you muthafuckas wanna do?" Premier is enlisted for production duties and as he’s done in the past with Guru’s stuff he brings that hardcore edge with the beats but also brings hard as fuck tracks like ‘Roll call’ and Follow instructions’. The latter displaying a very captivating horn loop that suits MOP down to the ground. Undoubtedly one of the greatest moments of the album is when Billy and Fame team up for ‘face Off’ where both emcees go up against each other with a different Primo beat for each verse, just wish there was more than 2 verses.

So while Premier shines its other tracks like ‘Warriorz’ , ‘Home Sweet Home’ and ‘Old Timerz’ show that the group do not have to rely on him to come with some nice shit, the last track making a bit of throwback vibe with production and content. But elsewhere on ‘Welcome to Brownsville’ and ‘Nig-otiate’ they either stray from what they do best or just come monotonous. Of course we gotta mention Billy and Fames lyrical content as its come under fire so much. The truth is they ain’t the best on the mic but they are far from the worst, the energy in their voices and the way they get that mic in a headlock captivates the listener for the 4 minutes they are present on a track. Yeah its all gangster and buck buck but hip-hop was built on the foundations of this raw and uncompromised energy and they managed to hold this album with very few Guest appearances (Find anyone who can do that these days). They display their best work on their own cuts such as ‘Cold as Ice’ (Rocking that foreigner sample) and ‘Calm down’, one of the most manic produced tracks I’ve heard in a while, both tracks displaying crazy sped up vocal samples to compliment the harshness of the duos voices.

We all waited and MOP came through to prove what has been suspected for years, they are undoubtedly under appreciated but with ‘Warriorz’ that mentality is about to change.

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