M.O.P. – Firing Squad
The strength of Mash Out Posse's discography is another gaping hole in Spotify's collection. The group’s first six albums are missing (I mean, DAMN). Primo's beats are bleak but flammable when combined with the incendiary lyrical threats of bodily harm by Lil’ Fame and Billy Danze. M.O.P. does a salacious job of describing guns, pipes, and various means of violence otherwise rendered lifeless by rappers lacking the group's animated intensity.
I'm probably in the minority here, but I actually prefer their slight lack of yelling on their first album To The Death with the traditional boom bap production of DR Period instead of the abrasive energy that they were later known for over Premier’s beats; often times it felt like posturing compared to the calmer likes of Guru and Group Home (*ducks glass bottles*). I’m the first to admit that “Ante Up” makes me want to punch somebody in the face every time I hear it, however.
Ed. Note – In hindsight, this probably should have been written in all-caps.