Tuesday, July 21, 2015

M.O.P. "Firing Squad" (Rap Pages, 11/96)


"While the group's 1993 debut To Tha Death had its moments - including the seminal Crooklyn street anthem "How About Some Hardcore" - the album's uninspired, monotonous production was its downfall. Thankfully, things have changed dramatically for the better. "This year n!ggas can't compare / Spectators hate us 'cause we're f#ckin' with Premier," growls an always amped-up Billy Danze to the delight of his nimble partner Lil' Fame (the nicest kid with a lisp since Erick Sermon) on the rousing "Salute." Like Q-Tip's work on official Queensbridge murderers Mobb Deep's opus The Infamous, Premier has his hands all over M.O.P.'s formidable Firing Squad. Serving as the unofficial overseer, Primo is behind the boards on the album's best cuts, and he also incredibly mixed the entire album, providing it with a sinister, continuous vibe." Check out "World Famous," cont'd...


"Unquestionably, Firing Squad is one of the year's finest releases. Processing more flavor than a plastic tin filled with Lifesavers, M.O.P.'s exhilarating music will force you to ignore the fact that the fellas' lyrics are so one-dimensional ... While not a classic masterpiece, "the eject from Select" was a tremendous power move for the fellas, and they have definitely positioned themselves at the top of the class of this fall's plethora of rap releases. I disagree with Lil' Fame - when I die, bury my ass with a copy of Firing Squad." - Rap Pages, November 1996. Read the full review below...