Guest Star: "We Are So Much Different Than Your Average Duo"
Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011 1:55PM
[In light of Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 reuniting as a duo, M.O.P.'s Billy Danze speaks on longevity rapping alongside Lil Fame and avoiding a hip-hop break-up.]
In our case, M.O.P., we are so much different than your average duo because a lot of those guys either met at school or were put together through the label or management companies. We were actually M.O.P. before you even knew us, before we even came out with "How About Some Hardcore".
Here's something funny. If you ever speak to Lil Fame and you ask him how did we meet, he's gonna tell you he doesn't know. It's been that long. We've been friends that long that we don't even remember how we met. That's way before music.
We've always been tight. That's what we have that a lot of other groups don't have. The reason why we work so well together, and this happens with a few other groups, is because we knew each other even before we got into all of this. So we've always been in each other's hands. Fame will actually make a beat that he might not be crazy about but he'll put it to the side because he knows I'll go ape sh*t over it.
So, that's how it is. We're more like brothers and family than a group.
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.