After finally escaping two high-profile label restrictions, M.O.P. is back with what’s being billed as their first official album in nine years.
The Brooklyn natives, Billy Danze and Lil Fame will be dropping The Foundation this summer as well as two more tentatively planned original releases within the next year. While being signed to Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit Records, M.O.P. has recorded several albums worth of material.
Some of the Roc-A-Fella recording appeared on one of several releases under aliases St. Marxmen and Mash Out Posse, in addition to a compilation of greatest hits.
M.O.P. collaborator since the earliest days, DJ Premier will serve as co-executive producer for the upcoming release, along with production from “Ante Up” maker DR Period, Nottz, Buckwild, Red Spider, and Fizzy Womack.
Billy Danze recently spoke with AllHipHop.com and expressed excitement about still being relevant after such a long history in the music industry. “I told y’all we would outlast both George Bushes.” Having released material since George H. Bush was leaving Presidential office, the duo held true on their promise.
The group also revealed to AllHipHop that 50 Cent released them from their G-Unit contract, but still retains percentage points of several upcoming works.
M.O.P.’s last major label release, Warriorz, went on to sell almost a million copies with the help of hit single “Ante Up.” The duo hopes their newest album can repeat.
The Foundation is scheduled to drop on June 30 on E1 Music.