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M.O.P. Biography

M.O.P. Biography

M.O.P.'s fanbase was loyal but remained rather small until 2000, when they released Warriorz, this time on Loud Records. Mainstream radio began playing the first single, "Ante Up", produced by DR Period whom they had not worked with since their debut. The single, containing a sample from Sam & Dave's "Soul Sister, Brown Sugar", was a major radio hit and propelled the album to #25 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. The follow-up single, the self-produced "Cold As Ice" (which featured a sample from "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner), also received radio airplay, although almost half of the song's lyrics had to be censored for the radio version. It was used in the UK on a TV advert for Ice White toothpaste.

In 2001, a remix of "Ante Up" was released featuring Busta Rhymes, Remy Martin, and Teflon, which was also very well received. That same year, they collaborated on a song titled "Life is Good" with the teen pop boy band Lyte Funky Ones. The song reached #82 on the Billboard's Hot 100 chart. Both singles continued the Posse's long-awaited mainstream success.

In 2002, Loud Records folded, leaving the group stranded. In 2003, Loud's parent label Sony/Columbia issued a greatest hits album titled 10 Years And Gunnin'. M.O.P. later joined Jay-Z and Damon Dash's Roc-A-Fella Records. The move appeared to cement the group's future for greater mainstream success. Their first recording for the label was a guest appearance on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse; they were set to release their album titled Ghetto Warfare, but the eagerly anticipated album was shelved. According to M.O.P. themselves, two other albums were recorded: one under the title The Last Generation, the other entitled Kill Nigga Die Slo Bluckka Bluckka Bloaoow Blood Sweat Tears and We Out.

During this waiting period the group kept busy by releasing a slew of mixtapes and appearing on soundtracks to films such as Bad Boys II. They also contributed two songs ("Ground Zero" and "Put it in the Air") to the popular game NFL Street 2, and another ("Fire") to Fight Night 2004 - another video game. Also in 2004, M.O.P. joined the successful rapcore band Linkin Park on the second stage of the Projekt Revolution Tour along with other acts such as Downset, Nu Metal Starters, KoRn and Snoop Dogg.

The group also released a mixtape called Marxmen Cinema (under the name The Marxmen), as well as a self-titled rock-rap album (under the name Mash Out Posse). In 2004, Damon Dash sold his share of Roc-A-Fella to new Def Jam president, Jay-Z, and kept M.O.P. on his new label, Dame Dash Music Group. The group was left feeling uncomfortable with the situation. they are currently on hiatus


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