Guest Star: "We're Gonna Keep Everybody Up On Their Toes Like We Always Do"

Thursday, Apr 7, 2011 9:39AM

Written by SOHH for Billy Danze

[Set to celebrate Lil Fame's birthday tonight at Brooklyn's Southpaw venue, M.O.P.'s Billy Danze hints at what fans can anticipate from the showcase.]

When you come to an M.O.P. show, it's always a lot of energy. A lot of people try to associate us with a hip-hop and rock type of feel. It's because of the tons of energy that we have. Nowadays, coming home to do a show at Southpaw, which is basically our backyard, we're gonna turn this show into something big. Everybody that's in the audience is going to be a part of the group.

It's going to feel like one big party. Everybody is going to be a part of M.O.P. that night. We're gonna do it real, real hard and straight forward. We're gonna keep everybody up on their toes like we always do. It'll be the traditional way. That's why we write the records the way we write them, it's so that we can perform them and keep people on their toes. It's a lot of energy in an M.O.P. show.

Over the years, I've been traveling through the seas and across the states for about 17 years now. And sometimes it's weird especially with all the drinking I do, I actually see some of the same people. Sometimes I'll notice somebody that came to a show years before and them people are still there.

Our fans are more like family. I don't want to shoot any of the newer artists down but I notice how a lot of these guys just pass their fans around. So whoever's hot for the moment, then that's who has the fans. And then whoever is hot after that, then that person has the fans. Our fans are so loyal that we don't even call them fans anymore, we call them family. We enjoy every time we get on the stage and see the family out there, it's like one big reunion.

M.O.P., short for Mash Out Posse, is a hip hop duo. The duo, composed 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 widely known for the song "Ante Up," released on 2000's Warriorz. 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.

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