Wednesday, January 9, 2013

M.O.P.'s "Foundation"

As of this posting, I've been spinning M.O.P. for the last few days, revisiting 2000's "Warriorz", their most successful album to date (largely thanks to the classic "Ante Up"), and it still holds up today, a true 4 star effort. Today I threw this album on, 2009's "Foundation", one of the more slept on releases that year, and I *almost* forgot how GOOD this album is. I initially bought it in early 2010 and only played it once. At the time I thought it was very good and nothing more. Fast forward to 2013, and man, like all of their albums, you get the standard M.O.P. material, which is rough, rugged, & raw rhymes over usually VERY dope production to match their lyrics. I popped the CD in my ride today, put it on random, and the first song to play was the DR Period produced banger "Sharks In The Water", and I just had to crank the volume up! Other bangers include the Styles P assisted/DJ Green Lantern produced "Bang Time", Redman rides through on the apply titled "Riding Through" (produced by Taylor Made), and I wouldn't have a problem seeing more collabos with those three together. And speaking of the production, as I mentioned it's dope throughout, as in addition to the aforementioned names, there are sound contributions from DJ Premier (What I Wanna Be), Statik Selektah (Crazy and Forever & Always), as well as Lil Fame (going by Fizzy Womack) in the form of "Blow The Horns", "Stop Pushin", and "Street Life".

Overall, this album sounds better than it did when I first played it, and I definitely take my initial 3.5 star rating and bump it up to a respectable 4 stars. Salute to Billy Danze and Lil Fame!!!

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