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M.O.P., short for Mash Out Posse, is an American hardcore hip hop duo. The duo, comprised of Billy Danze and Lil’ Fame, is known for the aggressive delivery typically employed by both emcees. Although they maintain a strong underground following, they are mainly known for the song “Ante Up,” released on 2000’s Warriorz, and for which they have had mainstream success. The group has frequently collaborated with DJ Premier. Fame sometimes produces under the moniker Fizzy Womack, and has produced a significant amount of tracks on all M.O.P. releases since 1996’s Firing Squad, as well as work for other artists including Big Noyd, Teflon and Wu-Tang Clan.
Lil’ Fame (Jamal Grinnage) and Billy Danze (Eric Murray) grew up together in the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn and formed a gang called Mash Out Posse. With a desire to express themselves through rap, they formed a hip-hop group named after their gang. Originally, Fame was the DJ of the group. With encouragement from his older brother, Fame began to write his own rhymes.
After contributing to the 1992 compilation The Hill That’s Real, M.O.P. debuted in 1993 with the single “How About Some Hardcore?”, which appeared on the soundtrack for the film House Party 3. The underground success of the single, promoted by a low-budget video from then-unknown director Hype Williams, led to their debut album To the Death. It was released in 1994 on the small label Select Records, almost fully produced by DR Period.
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