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M.O.P.: Foundation

(E1 Music)

Throughout their career, M.O.P. have epitomized hardcore hip-hop. Now, after numerous mixtapes and side projects, the firing squad returns with Foundation, their first LP in nine years.

M.O.P.’s Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze waste no time delivering their patented brand of adrenaline-pumping music. With “Crazy,” Fame makes a clear distinction between reality television and the street’s harsh realities, as he spits, “This ain’t making of the band, this is making of the ‘BLAM’!” Never wavering, the duo keep it consistent on “Ghetto,” where over a creeping guitar and a wailing vocal sample they drop more gritty details about their impoverished Brooklyn digs. The angry barbs are not misguided, though—Billy and Fizzy Womack’s relationship is deeper than rap and thoroughly explained on the Statik Selektah–produced “Forever and Always,” an ode to the group’s humble beginnings.

There are, however, a few minor miscues. Like “Make ’Em Clap,” where producer Tailor Made’s staccato drums and organ stabs never really find their groove. And “Riding Thru,” featuring Redman, falters at the hands of a lazily crafted hook, if nothing else. Luckily, “Brooklyn,” a smoky, reggae-infused anthem about the county of Kings puts the project back on its proper footing, as Billy offers assistance to overzealous tourists.

Not many groups maintain an excellence of execution after 15 years in the game, but M.O.P. are far from ordinary. If anything, Fame and Danze sound as hungry as ever, and for fans of that hardcore, Foundation is just one more dose of that raw. –Paul Cantor

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  • BeerGangsta

    I don’t know nothing about these cats. I know one thing they don’t sell a lot of Records. MOP stand for Manager Of Pussy! LOL] I am glad they left G-UNOT.

    • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

      You’re such a herb.

    • pete

      you are a fucking idiot! nuff said.

    • Jesus Martinez

      If you don’t know these cats you don’t know real hip hop.

    • Facts


      Pray M.O.P. doesn’t read this and twist that beer cap right off your retarded head. Oh, and that must mean you don’t like Premier either. Which must mean, you like Soulja Boy!

      ***points and laughs***

    • http://officialblockbanga.com DJKPVOV

      Realize you are FUGAZI!!!!!

  • http://Pierzy11@gmail.com Pierzy

    M.O.P. has to be one of the most underrated groups in hip-hop history.

  • http://www.xxlmag.com 14snipez

    God damn rite….da only downside 2 living down south iz dat dey dont promote projects like these. I’ma c if i can cop it off amazon.com cuz i’m feelin da tracks i heard n i been ridin wit M.O.P. since i heard Ante Up.

  • http://bones_42@hotmail.com Doobie42

    Just picked it up today and i nominate it for BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR (So Far). That joint “Brooklyn” is fire even though the hook gets old.

  • Jriggs

    “Just picked it up today and i nominate it for BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR (So Far). That joint “Brooklyn” is fire even though the hook gets old.”

    How did you pick it up today? It hasn’t even come out yet!! Quit lying man!!

  • $ykotic

    Nice. XL.

  • rich

    MOP (mash out posse) is what the games been missing. They go hard. These dudes are the foundation. Hopefully, there new release leaves the door open for another LOX album. Because THOSE dudes go hard.

  • rrahha

    is it out?! bestbuy here i come….

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  • Mapsta

    The Last Joint On Warriorz was Foundation. The Saga Continues….

  • Tony

    Yeah Boy. The Saga Continues/ Last Joint On Warriorz was Foundation.

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  • Gideon

    M.O.P. is exactly what’s missing in Hip Hop….real!