Firing Squad (album)

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Firing Squad
Firing Squad2.jpg
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
M.O.P
Jaz-O
Ali Dee
M.O.P. chronology
To the Death
(1994)
Firing Squad
(1996)
First Family 4 Life
(1998)
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 The Modern Jazz Quartet
5 "Stick to Ya Gunz" DJ Premier Kool G Rap 3:51 "Life Has It's Little Ups and Downs" by Brook Benton
"Gang Busters Theme" by Gang Busters
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" Jaz-O 4:33
8 "Brownsville" DJ Premier 4:41 "World's Famous" and "Hobo" by Malcolm McLaren
9 "Salute" DJ Premier 2:13 "The Mixed Up Cup" by Clyde McPhatter
10 "World Famous" Jaz-O 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" Jaz-O 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
"Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth" by 24-Carat Black
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

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[4] 94
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[5] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews.com review
  3. ^ Coleman, Brian. Check The Technique: Liner Notes For Hip-Hop Junkies. New York: Villard/Random House, 2007.
  4. ^ "M.O.P. – Chart history" Billboard 200 for M.O.P..
  5. ^ "M.O.P. – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for M.O.P..