Tuesday, August 14, 2012

M.O.P.


In addition to aggressive, another word I frequently use to describe the ruff, rugged, and raw duo of M.O.P. is underrated, and they've been that way for practically their entire career. I remember when they had (officially or unofficially) signed to Roc-A-Fella, culminating with the Jay-Z collabo "U Don't Know Pt. 2", it's like that moment came and went for the most part. Then in 2005, they were courted by G-Unit, but nothing ever came of that either. My personal take on it is, as much as I like the ROC and G-Unit, a duo like M.O.P. is simply too aggressive for those respective labels, and I recently said they would do much better on a label like Duck Down. So with that being said, let's check out their largely underrated discography.

And another small note. The following five descriptions largely define all of their albums, so if you're going to wonder why there will be very few words, the descriptions essentially say it all:

1) Ruff, rugged, and raw on the mic (hell, they should've made that into a song instead of PMD, with all due respect, lol)
2) Hardcore East Coast beats and rhymes
3) NO attempt at a commercial sound
4) Focused on sticking to their sound
5) DJ Premier is one of a few producers who bring out the best in them




Rating- 4 stars

Favorite songs- How About Some Hardcore (CLASSIC!) and Rugged Neva Smoove



Rating- 4 stars

Favorite songs- Firing Squad, Stick 2 Ya Gunz, New Jack City, Salute, & Downtown Swinga 96



My favorite M.O.P. album right here

Rating- 4.5 stars

Favorite songs- 4 Alarm Blaze, Handle Ur Bizness, Downtown Swinga 98, & New York Salute



This one is their most successful album to date.

Rating- 4-4.5 stars

Favorite songs- Ante Up, Face Off, Cold As Ice, & Warriorz



This was LARGELY slept on when it came out in 2009.

Rating- 3.5 stars

Favorite songs- Bang Time



Another QUIET release, this time in 2011, over the underrated production of the Snowgoons. Very good stuff here.

Rating- 3.5 stars



This is a great discography, very underrated like I mentioned before. Rumor has it they're planning a joint album with DJ Premier, which I really hope comes to fruition, because that'll be a welcomed addition to not only my collection, but to hip hop in general. When all is said and done, M.O.P. will be looked at an aggressive, but talented group who, for whatever reason, never got the props and/or success they deserved in an almost 20 year career.

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