Some alternative universe must exist where M.O.P is a hard-rock band, George Bush is managing a Denny’s in Houston, and the Red Sox kept Babe Ruth. But in our world, M.O.P is one of the realest groups ever pressed on wax, Bush is mismanaging a country instead of a restaurant, and the Sox haven’t sniffed a championship in eighty-six years.
With no release date scheduled for M.O.P’s highly anticipated Roc-A-Fella debut, Ghetto Warfare, this side project from the Brownsville duo — Lil’ Fame and Billy Danzenie — will keep heads from rioting. M.O.P has linked up with the band Shiner Massive to record rock interpretations of their new and classic joints. The rap/rock experiment, aptly titled Mash Out Posse, may have raised questions and nightmares of other failed projects, but M.O.P’s signature roughneck style blends well with hard rock. It’s been said before: M.O.P is the heavy metal of rap music.
Unfortunately, the rap/rock phase has not been mercifully put to death. But M.O.P makes the best of the situation, especially on the new joints. M.O.P and Shiner Massive prove to be compatible on “Get the Fuck Outta Here,” “Fire,” and “It’s That Simple.” But the remakes fail to outshine the originals; Shiner Massive’s take on “Put It in the Air” is an ugly stepson compared to the original mixtape banger and sounds better suited for a Star Wars soundtrack. The same goes for “Robbin’ Hoodz,” a futile remake of the classic “Ante Up.”
Mash Out Posse may help convert some rock fans, but it will leave others raging for Ghetto Warfare. With the Brooklyn Knight in semi-retirement, the Roc cannot just rely on K. West to save the label. M.O.P may go wood on the charts, but the hood will make these downtown swingas platinum in the streets. Until Ghetto Warfare is released, M.O.P will continue to flood the streets with music and keep the crown as your rapper’s favorite rappers.