Firing Squad (album)

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Firing Squad
Studio album by M.O.P.
Released October 22, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 64:58
Label Relativity Records
Producer DJ Premier
Big Jaz
Ali Dee
M.O.P. chronology
To the Death
Firing Squad
First Family 4 Life
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (7/10)[2]

Firing Squad is hardcore rap group M.O.P.'s second album released on Relativity Records in 1996. It features production by DJ Premier, Big Jaz, Ali Dee, and M.O.P. & Laze E. Laze and guest appearances by Kool G. Rap, Teflon, and Battle. The whole album was mixed and overseen by DJ Premier, a tradition that would also carry on over the next two M.O.P. albums. The album is broken down track-by-track by M.O.P. in Brian Coleman's book Check the Technique.[3]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Featured Guest(s) Time Sample(s)
1 "Intro" DJ Premier 0:50
2 "Firing Squad (Skit)" 0:41
3 "Firing Squad" DJ Premier Teflon 4:21 *"What Kind of Person Are You" by Zulema.
4 "New Jack City" DJ Premier 2:53 *"Spanish Steps" by Modern Jazz Quartet
5 "Stick to Ya Gunz" DJ Premier Kool G Rap, Teflon 3:51 *"Life Has It's Little Ups and Downs" by Brook Benton
6 "Anticipation" M.O.P. & Laze E. Laze 4:37 *"MC's Act Like They Don't Know" by KRS-One
7 "Born 2 Kill" Big Jaz 4:33
8 "Brownsville" DJ Premier 4:41 *"World's Famous" by Malcolm McLaren
9 "Salute" DJ Premier 2:13
10 "World Famous" Big Jaz 4:11 *"Be Real Black for Me" by Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
11 "Downtown Swinga '96" DJ Premier 3:40 *"I Had A Dream" by Hubert Laws
12 "Lifestyles Of A Ghetto Child" Big Jaz 3:50 *"Stronger Than Us" by Francis Lai
13 "Revolution" M.O.P. & Laze E. Laze 5:35
14 "Illside of Town" M.O.P. & Laze E. Laze 3:34 *"If You Let Me" by Eddie Kendricks
15 "Nothin' 2 Lose" Ali Dee 4:32 *"A Love of Your Own" by Average White Band
16 "Dedication (Interlude)" 1:19
17 "Dead & Gone" M.O.P. & Laze E. Laze Battle 4:59 *"Let's Do It Again" by The Staple Singers
18 "Born 2 Kill (Jazz Remix)" 4:38


  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ review
  3. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.