News: M.O.P. Talks G-Unit & Roc-A-Fella Fall-Out, "Both Labels Were Broke"
Thursday, Aug 6, 2009 11:20AM
Rap duo M.O.P. recently spoke on their falling out with both Roc-A-Fella and G-Unit Records and claimed their projects were shelved due to the companies' financial hardships.
M.O.P. frontman Billy Danze said their main problem with signing to popular labels was the timing of their deals.
"Basically both labels were broke," he said in an interview. "We were in a position to get deals from these labels, and also from LOUD Records too...All three of those labels were the biggest East Coast urban labels at the time, but every time we got to one of them, they started declining...It was just a timing issue, and if we would have gotten to either label a year before -- it would have worked out...But we were in the game when the Roc was a pebble, and before G-Unit got put on...As long as we were able to make music, and put albums out, we were still happy because we don't have those fans like everyone else has...The fans that we have are more like family members because they've been around for our whole career...Our fans want us to be in a good position, and they don't want us to be on a label that's crumbling." (iHipHop)
The rap duo previously spoke with SOHH about not releasing an album under 50 Cent's wing.
"I apologize personally to all the M.O.P. fans out there for not getting an album out faster," Danze said. "But if you a fan then you understand everything got to be in place everything got to be right. If you know M.O.P. and you are a fan then you're not going to be disappointed at all. We're going to continue to give you the M.O.P. that you know and love." (SOHH)
M.O.P. parted ways with Fif's camp around February 2008.
While M.O.P.'s three year stint on G-Unit did not yield an album, the group benefited greatly from the situation, according to their longtime manager. "The great thing about the G-Unit deal is that it cleared all the debts the group carried over the years," Laze explained. "So we are starting basically from scratch." (All Hip Hop)
Now signed to E1 Music [formerly Koch], the rap duo's latest project is called The Foundation.
The disc will feature collaborations with Beanie Sigel, Redman Styles P and Busta Rhymes, who will appear on the first single "Blow The Horns." The video for the song is set to debut soon, with a video, shot in New York, soon to follow. (XXLMag)
Check out M.O.P's interview with SOHH below: