New York juggernauts for nearly two decades, M.O.P. have cemented a loyal global following on the strength of maniacal hood Rap, a product of Brooklyn’s notoriously rough Brownsville section. As the group rose to prominence, Lil Fame (aka Fizzy Womack) picked up the trade of production and evolved into one of the East’s slept on treasures in this regard, still seen as a rapper first and foremost. Fizzology is a tag team effort of a different breed, showcasing Fame’s creative talents combined with close Boston comrade Termanology this go round.
A pronounced statement behind the boards, Fizzyology is primarily resultant from Lil Fame’s visionary direction. Taking a risk linking with the relatively undiscovered Termanology (a shared ally through Statik Selektah, responsible for three tracks here including the stand outs “From The Streets” and Thuggathon”), the duo’s calculations pay off in spades with mostly uncompromising music that remains true to their core. Presentations of slightly exaggerated danger, the opener “After Midnight” and “Too Tough For TV” fit a mold that the dregs of society can comprehend, while the Bun B assisted “Hustler’s Ringtone” is a smoothed out dedication to getting money and the confidence of “It’s Easy” is likely to impress given its boastful nature.
Lil Fame and Termanology have come together determined to appease fans of harder Hip Hop without consideration for commercial accessibility. While Fizzyology greatly lacks the element of surprise, the legendary DJ Premier’s contribution “Play Dirty” featuring Busta Rhymes & Styles P and the introspection on “Family Ties” throw unpredicted curveballs that make the album worth revisiting. Disregarding rare flaws such as “Pray For Me” which develops into an R&B song after a short verse from Fame, he continually wins on account of his beats as Termanology makes for a solid foil while not an exact match for the long time synergy built with Billy Danz.