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1. Out Of Bounds (Prod. Wun Two)

Very airy, floaty, heavenly type joint. Slow flow, no drums shit. Good way to start this.


2. Marathon (Prod. JuneLyfe)

Wild left field compared to the first joint. I thought there was a commercial pop up at first. This beat grew on me and I like it. It’s just an unexpected synthy joint. At the beginning, Smoovth says it sounds like a horror movie, which it does. It comes together once the drums drop and the rapping begins. Definitely grew on me.


3. Allustrious ft. Eto and Big Twinz (Prod. Giallo Point)

This beat is almost like a darker companion piece to “Sunkist.” It’s all blippy. I like that Giallo provided a joint with some banging drums and bass, because he does the very loopy no drums foreign vocal sample thing a lot. Which is often very tight, but I just sometimes like a good beat.

Hus says some funny shit, even though he’s not really sticking to the street tales concept the Smoovth, Eto and Twinz are doing. It doesn’t really matter too much tho.

This fool said, “You a clown, you get reach arounds, she bleach her gown, when she leave my town.” I like how Twinz came in rhyming off the Bong Jovi line that Hus ended with. All very solid.


4. The Legends (Prod. Stu Bangas)

Ironically, while the last beat reminded me of “Sunkist,” which was produced by Stu Bangas, this one kinda reminds me of something Giallo could make. Stu is real good at getting the drums to knock. This is some crime shit. Hus still find a way to throw a funny insulting line out, “Hole in your hoodie, new fashion, you looking like a Kanye fit, new Willards out the thrift shop shit.”


DISCLAIMER: I am a white person, so I’m not going to write N*****s, but I also feel mad corny saying “N Word,” so in the future if I quote someone who says it, I will replace the word with “Willard.” It rolls off the tongue the same way and I would hope it would be impossible to get offended by. That being said, white people don’t just start saying Willard all the time as a sneaky way of getting away with something. I’m only using this as a journalistic tool to save me from feeling lame when quoting rap lyrics. Back to the program.


5. Hustlers Anonymous ft. Rome Streetz (Prod. Khory Enigma)

I understand why people use producer tags, but it makes the song feel like a mixtape cut. Justsaying.com I like the way Smoovth is bouncing on the track. It’s funny to think of Smoovth watching Hocus Pocus, just because I hate that movie and it’s got Bette Midler in it. Rome Streetz comes in skipping on the track damn near doing the old Jay Z, Das Efx flow. It sound pretty cool tho, and it’s only for a second. I like the little haunty vocals that Khory added.


6. Caterpillars ft. Mach Hommy - (Prod. Doktor Real)

I don’t fuck with Mach so there’s that. This one is sorta cool because it’s a driving, faster beat, so he sounds less rambley than usual. I feel like people who like Mach Hommy, mostly just blindly think anything he does is genius, so I would imagine this one will be praised.


7. BDSM Night (Prod. Heat Rock)

“I gotta couple E Pills, we listen to B Real.” Listening to B Real while putting nipple clamps on a bitch and doing some BDSM is a hilarious idea to me. I’m only 75% freaky so IDK what you are supposed to play in the dungeon. The Little Dragon Pandora station always plays some good shit to smash to IMO.


8. The Orchestrated (Prod. Stu Bangas)

This is another heavy hitting Stu Bangas beat. The joint is dope, my only complaint is that I thought the hook was not the hook. Smoovth and Hus have the type of chemistry that comes when you are actually friends with someone. Like they don’t rap the same, but the rhymes get along with each other.


9. Way Up (Prod. Hobgoblin)

I love this sample. It’s interesting because this is different then what I’m used to from Hobgoblin. I just did a whole album with him, and it was all crazy sinister beats. This is some beautiful shit. I’m not complaining. Great feel.


10. Medusa (Prod. Bohemia Lynch)

The drums on this one are super skittish and make it a little hard to stick with. I appreciate the effort but it’s difficult to fully vibe with. The sample is super smooth too, so it make you want to float, but the drums sound like they are going backward and forward at the same time.


11. Blooming ft. V on Poe VII - (Prod. The Standouts)

I like this beat a lot. I think this one is almost perfect, but honestly I don’t think Von needed to be on it. It’s a good feature, but his tone and delivery don’t really match with what Smoovth and Hus are doing, so it kinds just sounds like a tacked on 3rd verse for the hell of it.


12. Wilson Fisk Meets Manny Merengues (Prod. Hobgoblin)

This is more like the type of beats I’m used to by Hobgoblin. I really like the Method Man sample, he just says “Fucking,” but it sounds cool. I also like that they left in the comic book shit in there. This one is dark and dope.


13. Locked In ft. JuneLyfe (Prod. Level 13)

I fuck with this beat. Hus has a knack for picking these dark but dreamy beats. Shit is mellow and groovy, and because of that, I don’t think JuneLyfe sounds right on this. IDK if the vocals on some of these features are being mixed in different places, or I just want to hear Hus and Smoovth only, or what. JuneLyfe sounds cool, but he’s too in your face for the beat to me. This opinion is subject to change once I get drunker and go bump this in the whip.


Overall there is plenty of material to sink you teeth into. Ironically, while Hus has done so much to put people on, the features are my least favorite part of the project. I really like the Eto, Twinz and the Rome Streetz ones, but I already really like those dudes. I’ma have to check out the other dudes more, minus Mach, because but Von and June can rap, I just didn’t like them on these.


Favorite Track: Allustrious


Billy Danze - Baker's Dozen

Billie Danze shouldn’t need an introduction. Earlier this year he dropped 6 Pack, which was one of my favorite things to listen to in a while. There’s just something about M.O.P. I’m realizing as I type this, that they might be my favorite group or at least favorite two person combo. Plus I always thought Teflon was super hard too. Remember when Lil Fame rapped over that Sade song? It was ridiculous but still pretty dope. And Billy is responsible for one of the best couple opening bars ever, on Breaking the Rules, “The name’s Bill, What up Bill? I’m a semi-automatic addict for real. Before you test me, know I feel that the impact of a gat when it kick back is sexy.” HARD


1. Bang-Cock

This beat is kinda corny. It’s still hard, but I’m not really feeling the synthy orchestra shit going on. But I might end up licking this shit if I bump it real loud in the whip.


2. Immortal

I’m not really liking these songs as much as 6 Pack. They sound kinda like some 2005 bangers or something. And I don’t like the the singing hook. It sounds like a white dude. I can appreciate Billie trying to make something closer to a hit than traditional M.O.P. bangers but I still don’t really like this.


3. Show Me

Damn. Same thing as the first two. I do not like the hook on this. It has some chick going back and forth with and she’s doing adlibs through the song. I don’t like her voice.


4. What Up Dough (Lose It)

This ain’t it. I’m not really sure who the audience for this is.


5. Mufasa

This beat has some goddamn jungle sounding hi hats that are dumb as hell. Which sux cause the rest of the beat sounds pretty cool.


6. This Thing of Ours

This shit is pretty hard. This is what I want from him. Crazy stabby banger. I fuck with this one.


7. Dinero

This beat is weird but pretty awesome. Ok thank god. I was afraid I wasn’t going to like any of this shit. This is dope too. Funky bassline. If I had to guess I would say this is a Nottz beat. Let me check…..Nope. it some dude named Dezo Williams. I fuck with this.


8. Can’t Change Em

Another dope one. Word up. The heat is starting to catch up to the missteps in the beginning. I would imagine, that he was trying to put his most accessible songs upfront. Thing is, I don’t really want M.O.P. to be that accessible. They make punch you in the face music, which is why I love them. I can’t remember what the sample is, but you will probably recognize it. I used it a while back for the Souls of Mischief album I remixed. It’s at the end of Batting Practice. If you haven’t check that shit, do so. I did my mf thang on that one.


9. What it Was

Fuck yeah. Another one. This shit bangs. Bonus point for saying “Lace up your Wallabees,” and having the beat drop out. Yeah this is the shit I wanted. This fits with the feel of 6 Pack, which doesn’t sound like an M.O.P. record per se, but it a very Billie Danze record.


10. Yeah

This is a very strange sounding beat. I think I like it. It’s bugged out for sure. You’ll have to decide for yourself on this one.


11. Retro

If I was A&Ring this project, I would probably make this joint the single. It’s got a nice piano and overall good feel. I like when M.O.P. raps hard over some nice sounding shit.


12. Gone Fishing

If any other person was rapping over this, then this shit would be wack. Instead it’s a fucking jam. This is the type shit you wish they would play in the club, burt not really, cause someone is getting shot if you throw this bitch. Holy shit, I wanna fuck someone up right now. That pretty little asian girl that owed me $80 is lucky she paid me on Friday, or I might show up to her crib and throw a pie in her face or some shit. Big Goon Tune.


13. Locked in Chains ft. Force MD’s

I’ma give this singing shit a pass cause it the Force MD’s but it’s still pretty fucking soft. These motherfuckers have been crooning for over a minute. Actually dude, no thanks. I don’t wanna hear this shit after the other joints. Stupid way of ending this shit, especially when it’s called Baker’s Dozen, insinuating that the thirteenth joint is for the baker, therefore supposed to be delicious. This is a very moist sounding song. Hard pass.


OVERALL

Even the bad songs aren’t terrible. But if you combing some of the really dope songs, with the songs for 6 Pack then you get a fully strong album. I would do that.

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