Mash Out Posse
Not to be confused with their highly-anticipated Roc-A-Fella debut, "Mash Out Posse" is just a side project released independently on their own Fast Life Music. This is M.O.P. with fellow Brooklynites Shiner Massive interpreting some of the best known tracks, turning out a very natural rap/rock hybrid album. Songs such as "Conquerors," "Fire" and "Put It In The Air" sound like they were meant to be rock songs. I can't really complain about anything here. Even the tracks that are understated and less likely to start a mosh pit ("Ground Zero," "Stress Y'all"), work nicely. Other selections like "Raise Hell" and "Get The Fuck Outta Here" well, there is no chance they won't start a mosh pit.
Actually, I wasn't too high on "Hilltop Flava," which was set to the Beastie's classic "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn." It just didn't sound right without the Beastie nasal vocals. Maybe I can complain about a bit more, I was really looking forward to hearing how out of control their most notorious party anthem would sound, but "Robbin' Hoodz" (bka as "Ante Up"), couldn't match the intensity of the original. Nevertheless, this is a great little side project from M.O.P. and a welcome rap/rock hybrid that was done right for a change.