As a life-long M.O.P fanatic, the prospect of two CD’s/four LP’s worth of new and unreleased Mash Out material had me chaffing at the bit. When they connect with Premier, Billy Danze and Lil’ Fame transform into Brownsville’s aggravated answer to Run-DMC, and without him they still attain EPMD status. Their records pump adrenaline into even the softest of sucker’s hearts. If you’ve ever been dealt a bad hand in life, betrayed by your peoples or just plain shitted on, but have kept struggling through it, than M.O.P is for you. Sure, they’re still championing the Shout Rap tactics laid down by Craig G and later perfected by Willie D, but the raw emotion and energy they bring to the table can’t be denied. This is Survival Rap right here, and Marxman Cinema reps that ideal to the fullest.
Following a long a long career plagued by bullshit record label dramas, the First Family have taken matters into their own hands by releasing a heavy metal remake album (Mash Out Posse) and this official mixtape to keep themselves afloat while their Rocafella debut gathers dust in release-date limbo (handle your business, Dame!). As usual, the shit is dope. With the exception of the unnecessary contribution from female crew member Fox and the bizarre reappearance of Big Scoob (aka Scoob Lover of Big Daddy Kane fame) who’s apparently been “outta state” for a minute bumping Juvenile albums, judging by his new Southern rap style and synth-driven track found on “My Hood”. Where’s Scrap at? Highlights include the title track and “All Of The Above”, while “Beats By Fizroy” continues the tradition of entertaining skits, calling out greedy producers, and “Slade” provides the best use of Sade since Metal Face’s “Doomsday”.
But back to the main event. While the new material will hold us over until the official release, the rare and unreleased portion is the real money shot here. Everything from the first installment of the “Downtown Swinga” saga, lost gems such as “Hilltop Flava” and recent mixtape pieces like “Fuck M.O.P” can be found here. This alone makes Marxman Cinema essential listening to anyone with even a passing interest in the real Original Gun Clappers (forget those Boot Camp wannabes).
Review copy provided by Shogun Distribution
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