M.O.P. & Snowgoons Sparta

M.O.P. & Snowgoons Sparta
Sparta (the ninth record from Brooklyn, NY tough guys M.O.P. and the tenth production album by Germany's prolific Snowgoons) lives up to its title; it is music to go to war to. Billy Danze and Lil' Fame still spit each lyric with unmatched fury ― not only is the lyrical content unblinkingly violent, but each syllable is tossed out with the ferocity of a brick through a window. Put that type of hyper-aggressive flow overtop of a beat by the Snowgoons, who favour film score-style orchestral arrangements over hard drum beats, and M.O.P.'s classic East coast grimy sound gets converted into an audio gangster movie. The Snowgoons may be the perfect production team for M.O.P. Danze and Fame have never sounded as crisp as they do rhyming over the dark, textured beats of the title track, "Back at It" and "Opium." Hopefully this won't be the last collaboration between the two groups. (Babygrande)