The Californian garage king's T Rex covers album shows his melodic muscle
MOP: Warriorz (Loud)
MOP show New York's hip-hop talent at its finest...
MOP can definitely still be commended for avoiding the modern-day curse of most NY rap acts that sell out to mass appeal as one of the few groups staying true to an original New York style of hip-hop, as illustrated by their choice of producers on 'Warriorz', among them DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Buckwild, DJ Scratch and DJ Rockwilder.
MOP show New York's hip-hop talent at its finest - 'Warriorz' is a Who's Who of New York hip-hop with more than an average number of stand-out tracks, including the excellent 'Follow Instructions', which uses the intro to Hendrix's 'Long Hot Summer Night' as a musical canvas. And MOP's satirical and often intelligent lyrics blend incredibly with the music - this has also stepped up MOP's popularity at clubs, with tunes like 'Ante Up' and the infectious 'Cold As Ice' becoming this year's dancefloor musts.
On their fourth full-length album, MOP fans and hardcore headz will not be disappointed, as they remain pantheons of consistency - but this is unlikely to win them a wider fanbase.
Derek A Bardowell
Johnny Depp plays a monstrous Boston gangster in a disguise so unsettling you’ll struggle to recognise him
An EP dedicated to victims of the Paris attacks shows the Foos are on defiant form
The Radiohead guitarist explores traditional Indian music, with mostly impressive results
This London producer has worked with Madonna and is releasing his excellent debut as a sex toy