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First Family 4 Life [Explicit Lyrics, Import]

M.O.P. Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Aug 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics, Import
  • Label: Relativity
  • ASIN: B0000064SG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Billy Skit
2. Breakin' The Rules
3. 4 Alarm Blaze
4. Blood Sweat And Tears
5. Down 4 Whateva
6. Facing Off
7. My Kinda Nigga Part II
8. I Luv
9. Salute Part II
10. Ride With Us
11. Handle Ur Bizness (DJ Premier Remix)
12. Fly Nigga Hill Figga
13. What The Future Holds
14. Downtown Swinga '98
15. Fame Skit
16. Brooklyn/Jersey Get Wild
17. New York Salute

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In 1998, while all the other thugs are popping Moët, Gang Starr and their partners in rhyme, M.O.P., are finally collecting the respect they deserve. Lil' Fame and Billy Danzenie have generated buzz before, but not until First Family 4 Life have they been successful in putting together an end-to-end coherent album. Featuring guest shots from Heather B on "My Kinda Nigga, Part II" and Tef and Jay-Z on the firestarting "4 Alarm Blaze," the Mash Out Posse bring the rawest aural damage this side of the Mad Rapper. --Jon Caramanica

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M.O.P. ~ First Family 4 Life

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars How About Some More Hardcore? 14 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ring all possible alarms and take cover: the Mash Out Posse are aiming at your head with their third effort "First Family 4 Life". After delivering the promising "Firing Squad", they strike back with a sure-fire attempt at making heads feel the real grimy killer sh*t they got in store. Whether it be the Jay-Z-assisted "4 Alarm Blaze", which cleverly samples Survivor's "Eye of the Tiger", the guaranteed banger "I Luv" featuring an amped Freddie Foxxx or the moving "Blood Sweat and Tears", this album will not leave you indifferent. Put it in plain English: this record kicks a**, in a most convincing way. Beware: this is not the type of easy-listening-hip hop you hear on the radio, but if you think you're strong enough, show respect to the first fam. Salute.
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This album is pretty unique as far as I'm concerned. It's not that it's amazing and abstract, it's just the pure attitude of MOP. It flows from each and every song, and if you're a fan of hip-hop this is some of the best and hardest. It includes some brilliant tracks including one that'll make sure you never listen to Eye of the Tiger in the same way again, and some guest appearances from Freddie Foxx, Gangstarr and [which surprised me, not a fan] Jay Z. While one could be off-put for the huge ammount of cursing, it only really adds to the hardened image, and the result is a fine set of tracks that make you wanna hit someone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First Family 4 Life 27 Jun 2004
By ersone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Masterpiece!! M.O.P. The last of a Dying Breed. Please, Please ignore the bad reviews. They think M.O.P stand for MOP and sh*t. Don't get it twisted... This is one of the best albums in Hip Hop History. These cats are still true to the Hip Hop roots. I miss real MC's like M.O.P. Please artist take a picture and use this as your model. M.O.P is M.O.P not a carbon copy, I wish I was on MTV, BET cats. They do hip hop they way they want to, not for just money. They love it. Please don't comment on what you do not understand. Please!!? I don't listen to country, but I respect every single artist doing it. I respect them for their very on creation. If you don't like Hip Hop Don't review it. M.O.P. True Warriors.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good record with some GREAT moments 24 Mar 2000
By Patrick G. Varine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As much as I wanna give this record four stars, it's really somewhere between 3.5 and 4, but Amazon.com doesn't give that option, so I'll just give it four. While it isn't as consistent as 1996's "Firing Squad," "First Family 4 Life" has some definite winning moments.
As far as lyrical prowess goes, Billy Danzenie and Lil' Fame rip the mic like a sheet of wet tissue paper. It's the music that brings a large portion of the album down. The tracks supplied by beatmakers like Big Jaz and even the tracks M.O.P. produced just don't give the MCs the due credit.
But when they enlist the right producers (namely DJ Premier and Da Beatminerz), the results are nothing less than spectacular. For evidence, check "My Kinda Nigga, Pt. II," a Beatminerz track that features Heather B... blazin'. More? How about "I Luv," a Premier-engineered track with Freddie Foxxx spitting his usual amazing lyrics. More still? How about the best installment of "Downtown Swinga" yet? It's here. Premier supplies a bouncy street beat, and the MCs go to town, stomping more Timberland-sized holes in the asphalt.
There are some moments here where the self-produced songs work. "New York Salute" rolls along and is a nice capper to what is overall a very solid album. But overall, the joint could have been improved.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The phattest Hip Hop album of 1998! Pure underground! 27 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The production by Primo,Laze E Laze and M.O.P. themselves is tight as always and lyrically they're better than ever before! By the way, this album is nothing for the pop-audience, listening to Puff and LL, this is something for the real heads. "How about some hardcore!"
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PHAT 31 Dec 1999
By da donddada - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
yo i got tha cd about a week ago and i can't stop rockin' to it . these ni**as are real hardcore . they come off nice on all tha tracks.if you were thinking of getting this cd go cop it cause it's hella good dunnn !
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yo Dreams Have Now Been Fulfilled! 4 Jun 2007
By S. Kahn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If the only MOP you know is the Ante Up remix with Busta on the radio, then you're in for a surprise. They make rock solid albums all the way through and this is no exception. Probably the best thing about MOP and this album is that they stay hard all the way through the choruses. Lotta other artists have nice verses but put some annoying r&b type, poorly written stuff in between. With MOP its straight call and response, catchy lines, twisting up the rhyme pattern but no nonsense. Check out the beginning of "Handle Ur Bizness" for an example.

I like the production on most of the tracks. The beat on Brooklyn/Jersey Get Wild is surprisingly harmonious but it really works in contrast with the vocals. My only criticism is that there's very little breathing room on this album. Its got a lot fewer skits or soft tracks than most of their other ones so it has the feeling of being always on. But thats what MOP is about anyway. Being in your face and not backing down. This album is a must have in my book.
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