Monday, April 28, 2008

Old School Mondays:: Leaders of The New School & M.O.P.

All right I was thinking of some content for this week's installment of OSM and I remembered I referenced Busta Rhymes is my review for Mic Boyd's debut album. In fact I said this:

The skittering beat on Get Me Started sounds like something Busta might've gotten on before he became and actor (...and terrible...hey, who said that, uncalled for really), but Mic is able to speed up his flow to match it quite nicely.

Bit harsh maybe, but kind of true I'm afraid. For the kids out there, Busta was once the breakout MC star from Leaders Of The New School, a group that many people thought were in indeed going to lead hip hop into a new era. Unfortunately they flamed out after two albums, but their first album is a classic by any standard and the second is a favorite amongst golden age enthusiasts. So from LONS' debut A Future Without A Past we have Case Of The P.T.A.. I know Coach Paris would have preferred Sobb Story, but I always preferred PTA among the two big singles from the album.

I didn't mention it in my review, I don't think, but Mic's Too Hard features not only some rocking guitar licks, but also a solid M.O.P. sample. I'm not alone in this, but I've always liked M.O.P., mainly because they are a couple dudes who always seemed to talk it like they lived it. Was all their gun talk and such really real? I couldn't say for sure, but if I had to guess I would say yes, and they are one of the few groups I consistently enjoyed that used the scream-out rhyme style. So we have How About Some Hardcore from the Mash-Out-Posse's debut To The Death

MP3:: M.O.P. - How About Some Hardcore
As I just mentioned, M.O.P. stands for Mash-Out Posse, which was a gang in Brownsville Brooklyn of which Billy Danzenie and Lil' Fame (also now known as Fizzy Womack) were members, and was headed up by Lil Fame's brother. As you can imagine with a name and backstory like that, you aren't getting Will Smith, "let's get jiggy and hit South Beach is a snug wifebeater" type raps. M.O.P. does it hardcores so it made sense to have a song called How About Some Hardcore on their debut. I can't remember where I heard about them first, but I do remember buying my cassette copy of To The Death on a trip to the US. I didn't regret the purchase either, as the album is pretty solid from top to bottom. DR Period produced the whole thing, and he has a very early 90's sound on this track, with a solid drum track and some awesome horns. The lyrics are mainly about the numerous ways Billy Danz and Fame will murder you, but I still find the song strangely appealing. For some reason this was on the House Party 3 soundtrack, which led to them getting a deal with Select records. Seems like an odd choice. Oh well, still a great song, enjoy.

MP3:: Leaders Of The New School - Case Of The P.T.A.
As you might know, L.O.N.S. was comprised of MC's Busta, Charlie Brown, Dinco D and DJ (and sometime MC) Cut Monitor Milo. They hailed from Long Island and were put on by fellow LI natives Chuck D and the Bomb Squad. Just for the record, next time some crotchety old blogger talks about when "hip hop was fun" (which is, come to think of it, what I'm doing now), this is the kind of song and album they're talking about. When I say fun, I don't mean Skee-Lo type throw-away raps. At one time people could make awesome hip hop that wasn't as serious as a big-ass Dave Letterman heart attack. You see a bit of it now, but it's certainly something I miss. This song is produced by Milo, and has some catchy pianos and drums that sound familiar but I can't place. But the MC's and their interplay is certainly the standout aspect of the song. The album had a whole high school theme, and this song fits into that, talking about how lame high school and teachers are in general. Of course Busta stole almost everything he was on during this time, but I was always kind of a C-Brown man myself, and both of them do fine work here. They all jump in on each others verses to help out with backing vocals, and it just makes for a catchy song all around. Enjoy it if by chance you've never heard it before.

Video:: Leaders Of The New School - Case Of The P.T.A.


Video:: M.O.P. - How About Some Hardcore

Posted at 9:24 AM by naedoo :: 2 comments

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At 5:11 PM, Blogger ack did sayeth:

how are you talking about Leaders of the New School and not mentioning Coach Paris?

dude.. you are slipping

 

At 5:31 PM, Blogger naedoo did sayeth:

Ahem...and I quote:

"I know Coach Paris would have preferred Sobb Story, but I always preferred PTA among the two big singles from the album. "

That is short term-tastic, even for you.

 

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