Slap and Term's collaborative full-lengther "Fizzyology"
finally dropped today. As M.O.P. are one of my all time favorite groups i was naturally hyped as hell for this, and all the singles have been straight fire if you ask me. now, i'm not the biggest Termanology fan, he can rhyme for sure, but i wouldn't buy a solo album from him or even listen to it more than once if the producers and guests were right. but i don't hate him or can't stand him as i've seen many others comment, if the beat is right and Lil' Fame is right there with him i have no problem whatsoever. they actually sound dope together, great chemistry.
most of the album are produced by Fizzy Womack, who is a tremendeously underrated producer; Alchemist comes in for the impeccable title track; and J. "Waxx" Garfield who i've always been checking for since an article in The Source in like 2001 (and then his work with GZA and Cormega) does the great Lil' Fame solo song "Not By You". Statik Selektah has a cool joint too.
for the most part the LP is filled with hardbody boom bap beats, rugged Lil' Fame verses and pretty good Termanology verses. the DJ Premier produced "Play Dirty" is a great example of how great this album are in places, and how dope is it not to finally hear Busta go in over a Preemo beat?!
but it's not all good, there's a few songs i could easily have done without, mainly the ones where they stray away from the hardcore formula as that's really what this should be about. there's also at least two Termanology solo songs, one called "Little Ghetto Boy" that closes the album on a somewhat sour note in my opinion (not counting the bonus tracks). it's not that bad but it's real strange bc right before it, there's the absolutely perfect outro to the album, a two minute track that's even called "Endtro (Fame & Glory)".. can't believe why they would put more songs after that? hopefully on the 2xLP version "Endtro" will be the last song on side C and then i can skip Side D on ocassion.
and the bonus tracks they used - "Crazy" that was on the last MOP album in 2009 and "Thuggaton" from the first 1982 album back in 2010. both dope tracks, but come on - people who buy this album will definitely already have these songs.. it also means that there's no new Billy Danze verses to be heard here.
still all in all, it's an enjoyable album that i will support eventually. the best tracks on here are really, really fucking dope, and you could easily listen to the whole thing without skipping anything, although there's a pair of songs that are in the 2/5 area.
all in all - it's a 4/5 abum for me.. or 3.8/5.0 or whatever.