Brooklyn's M.O.P. (MCs Billy Danzenie and Lil' Fame) have three important things going for them: deep, intense, muscle-man voices; consistent lyrical content that makes them sellout-proof; and, most important, the world's best producer, DJ Premier, as their patron saint. This winning combination helps the crew to shine on their third disc, Warrioz, which brims with macho, thug bravado. Often, M.O.P.'s over-the-top, testosterone-fueled tales test listeners' limits -- especially those not raised on classic East Coast hip-hop or the West Coast beatdowns of N.W.A. and Ice T. But Danzenie and Lil' Fame are so damn earnest about the violence that surrounds and consumes them that you forgive them for their lack of lyrical variety. Street anthems such as the dark Premier masterpiece "On the Front Line" and the up-with-robbery anthem "Ante Up" offer the rugged rhymes that faithful M.O.P. fans love. And while modern day heroes such as Jay-Z and the Cash Money clique brag about their "Bling, Bling" jewelry and cars, M.O.P. strictly represent the streets -- not the clubs. As Fame says on "Power": "You want that raw shit?/ Well it rocks right here/ You want that iced-out shit?/ Well, it's not right here." Brian Coleman
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I CAN'T BELIEVE NO ONE HAS REVIEWED THIS ALBUM YET! THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST ALBUMS TO COME OUT IN THE YEAR 2G AND HAS ENOUGH STRENGTH TO BANG FOR YEARS AFTER THAT WITHOUT A DOUBT! MAYBE IT'S THE FACT THAT PREMO LACED THEM WITH SO MANY BANGING BEATS BUT I THINK BILLY AND LIL FAME HAVE COME A LONG WAY AND HAVE MORE THAN HELD THEIR OWN WITH THIS RELEASE. YOU HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FEEL THEM. CHECK ''G BUILDING'', ''CALM DOWN'', OF COURSE ''ANTE UP'' AND MY PERSONAL FAVORITE ''COLD AS ICE'' AND YOU WILL SEE THAT THESE CATS REPRESENT A SIDE OF HIP HOP YOU RARELY SEE. IT MAY ALSO BE A SIDE YOU ARE NOT ALL THAT COMFORTABLE WITH BUT WHETHER YOU ACKNOWLEDGE IT OR NOT IT IS THERE AND WILL ALWAYS BE A FORCE TO BE RECKON WITH. IT'S THAT BATTLE HUNGRY, TESTED AND READY TO RUMBLE SIDE THAT DRIVES THE HIP HOP LISTENER WHO REPRESENTS THE UNDERGROUND, AROUND THE WAY, CORNER OF THE BLOCK RAP. DON'T GET IT CONFUSED: YOU MAY LOOK AT A SONG LIKE ANTE UP AND BE AFRAID BUT ALL M.O.P. IS DOING IS TAKING IT BACK TO THE DAYS WHEN HIP HOP WASN'T RULED BY SUCH PETTY THINGS AS ''ICE'', ''BLING, BLING'' OR YOUR CLOTHES. IF ALL THAT WAS TAKEN AWAY FROM HIP HOP 90% OF RAPPERS WOULDN'T EXIST TODAY. THIS ALBUM IS ABOUT TAKING IT BACK WHEN NONE OF THAT MATTER AND ALL THAT DID MATTER WAS AN MC OR 2 STARVING FOR THEIR VOICE TO BE HEARD AND THEY ARE FORTUNATE TO BE BLESSED WITH ONE OF HIP HOP'S GREATEST PRODUCERS TO DO SO. IT WAS WORTH MY MONEY AND THEN SOME. COP IT!
M.O.P. - Warriorz, is the best album in hip-hop history
cant realy compare this with the previous albums cuz i dont believe the talent shows through as much on warriorz but its still a fat album where MOP kick back again with some huge tracks, the infamous and allready classic ante up, and my other recomendations are everyday and calm down. Over all the album has the old skool vibe that MOP never fail to create and the raw lyrical style is still as fresh as before but i think some tracks seem to be just quickly thrown together album fillers which i didnt expect from such a talented and original outfit. i reckomend the album it is overall a pleasing effort, salute!!