Lil Fame (M.O.P.) | Interview
Lil Fame grew up in Brownsville, Brooklyn with rhyming partner Billy Danze, and established a gang called Mash Out People. They formed a hip hop group named Mash Out Posse, where Lil Fame was originally the DJ. They debuted in 1993 with the single “How About Some Hardcore?”, which appeared on the soundtrack for the film House Party 3. The success of the single, along with a music video from Hype Williams, led to their 1994 debut album To The Death, almost fully produced by DR Period. In 1996, M.O.P. released their second album, Firing Squad with production from Lil Fame and DJ Premier. In 1998, the group released Handle Ur Bizness EP, followed by First Family 4 Life with features from Guru, Treach, O.C., and Jay-Z. In 2000, M.O.P. worked with Loud Records to release Warriorz, an album with a breakthrough mainstream single known as “Ante Up”. In 2003, Sony/Columbia issued a greatest hits album, 10 Years & Gunnin’. M.O.P. later joined Roc-A-Fella Records, with their first recording being a guest appearance on Jay-Z’s album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. In 2005, M.O.P. signed with G-Unit Records and completed a song with 50 Cent for the Get Rich Or Die Tryin’ Soundtrack, titled “When Death Becomes You”. Months after the signing, M.O.P. released a compilation album, St. Marxmen. In 2006, M.O.P released the long-shelved Ghetto Warfare. In 2008, M.O.P left G-Unit Records and released their next album in 2009, The Foundation. The album features production from DJ Premier, Statik Selektah, The Alchemist, and Jake One, and guest appearances from Heltah Skeltah, Busta Rhymes, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel, Styles P, and Redman.