Foundation is the fifth studio album from Hip Hop duo M.O.P.. After being put in limbo with Roc-A-Fella Records without releasing any new material, the duo signed to G-Unit Records where they once again ended up without any releases beside mixtapes and street albums. Signing a deal with E1/Koch Records, Lil' Fame (Fizzy Womack) and Billy Danze finally release their long-awaited full-length LP on September 15. Production is handled by Fizzy Womack with additional contributions from DJ Premier, DR Period, Nottz, Statik Selektah, DJ Green Lantern, as well as a beat by little known producer Kil, whose contribution is credited to Fizzy Womack in the liner notes and in initial press releases.[9]

Foundation
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 15, 2009
GenreEast Coast Hip Hop,[1] Hardcore Hip Hop [1]
Length54:58
LabelE1 Records/Koch
07822-19024
ProducerFizzy Womack
DJ Premier
Nottz
Statik Selektah
DJ Green Lantern
M-Phazes
DR Period
M.O.P. chronology
Ghetto Warfare
(2006)
Foundation
(2009)
Sparta
(2011)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
HipHopDX4/5 stars[2]
HipHopSite3.5/5 stars[3]
RapReviews8/10[4]
Robert Christgau(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
The Smoking Section4/5 stars[6]
The Phoenix3.5/4 stars[7]
XXL4/5 stars[8]

The album was released to positive reviews from the press although it seems to have been a little rushed, as the aforementioned "Rude Bastards" got wrongly credited to Fizzy Womack, the final version of "What I Wanna B" features scratches and cuts by DJ Premier that didn't make the final cut and DJ Premier has also been quoted to say that he produced two more tracks for the album but didn't make the deadline due to M.O.P. touring to promote the album.

Track listingEdit

# Title Featured guest(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "I'm A Brownsvillian" Nottz 3:47
2 "Blow The Horns" Fizzy Womack 3:00
3 "What I Wanna Be" Rell DJ Premier 3:18
4 "Foundation" M-Phazes 3:26
5 "Stop Pushin'" Fizzy Womack 3:04
6 "Crazy" Termanology Statik Selektah 4:44
7 "Street Life" Demarco Fizzy Womack 3:44
8 "Forever & Always" Statik Selektah 4:01
9 "Rude Bastard" Kil (via a loop of an uncredited, original beat)[9]
Credited to Fizzy Womack
3:44
10 "Brooklyn" Ron G 5:06
11 "Bang Time" Styles P DJ Green Lantern 4:13
12 "Sharks In The Water" DR Period 3:51
13 "Riding Through" Redman Taylor Made 5:15
14 "Salute A G" DR Period 3:29

ChartsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[10] 38
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[11] 44

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/album/foundation-mw0000821679
  2. ^ HipHopDX review
  3. ^ HipHopSite review
  4. ^ RapReviews review
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ The Smoking Section review
  7. ^ The Phoenix review
  8. ^ XXL review
  9. ^ a b gimantalon (2009-09-11). "WWW.DJPREMIERBLOG.COM: The Other face of The Foundation; Lil Fame Reacts". Djpremierblog.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2012-02-16.
  10. ^ "M.O.P. Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "M.O.P. Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard.