Artist: DJ Eleven & Spitkicker Present...Title: Fight Music: The Best Of M.O.P. (Mixtape)Rating: 4 StarsReviewed by: Jamin Warren
Ever listen to M.O.P. for 50 minutes straight? It makes your blood boil. After one spin, DJ Elevens Fight Music: The Best of M.O.P., youre ready to start robbing old ladies and pushing infants down the stairs. Brooklyns DJ Eleven has done the world a favor, braving over a decades worth of Brownsville madness and condensing the unbridled rage of Billy Danze and Lil Fame into a 32-track mixtape anthology.
Eleven leaves no stone unturned. Of course, the classics are here. From the swinging horns on M.O.P.s first single How About Some Hardcore to the re-flipped Foreigner sample on Cold as Ice, Danze and Fames verbal assaults and threats of stomp outs still give you goosebumps. The transition from the flittering keys and M.O.P.s speed-rap to the guitar-stomping outro on Live From Ground Zeo is the quintessential Mash Out track. Pulsing and furious, only a remix of Jay-Zs U Dont Know can match its intensity. Just Blazes screaming sample never sounded so amazing with Danze and Fame spitting daggers as Eleven deftly slides Blazes P.S.A. instrumental at the tail end of the remix.
But every retrospective has a black hole. (Rawkus, for example, omitted Pharoahe Monchs Simon Says from their ten-year anthology released last winter.) In this case, Eleven unwisely tinkers with a classic. DR Periods enormous, bellowing horns on M.O.P.s swan song Ante Up are legendary, transforming M.O.P. into Hip-Hops resident angry upperclassmen and bringing their noise to the public square in an enormous way. Eleven curiously abandons Periods work for a calmer drum and guitar funk loop on his own remix. The contrasting touch is unique, but Elevens refreak just cant touch the original.
One creative mistake withstanding, Fight Music is an amazing primer for M.O.P. beginners and a comprehensive flashback for old-timers. Not to mention, the hilarious remake of Sades By Your Side is priceless. Fight Music makes you wonder why majors dont jump on the Best of bandwagon and collect their loot already.