Warriorz

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Warriorz
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Studio album by M.O.P.
Released October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre East Coast hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 73:08
Label Loud/Relativity Records
1778 (U.S.)
Loud/Epic
EK 91445 (Canada)
498277 (international)
Producer DJ Premier
Fizzy Womack
DR Period
Mahogany
Laze E Laze
Nottz
Chris Coker
Curt Cazal
M.O.P. chronology
First Family 4 Life
(1998)
Warriorz
(2000)
10 Years and Gunnin'
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
RapReviews (9.5/10)[2]
Robert Christgau A−[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Warriorz is the fourth full-length studio album released by M.O.P., a hip hop duo composed of emcees Billy Danze and Lil' Fame. The album was released on October 10, 2000. Despite the growing popularity of M.O.P., this album marked their last major-label-affiliated release until Foundation in 2009, as Loud Records folded in 2002. Warriorz is M.O.P.'s most successful album by far. It debuted 65 places higher on the Billboard 200 charts than its previously highest-selling album, First Family 4 Life.

This album spawned the radio hit "Ante Up", which subsequently spawned a remix that also featured Busta Rhymes, Remy Ma, and M.O.P. associate Teflon. The popularity of the song was so widespread, it was featured in a few films within years of its release. "Ante Up" appeared in the motion pictures The Last Castle, Brown Sugar, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, the dance film You Got Served, and 30 Minutes or Less. The song was also featured in an episode of the short lived television series Robbery Homicide Division,[5] as well as an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine ("The Chopper") and an episode of The Mindy Project ("In the Club").

Track listing[edit]

Track listing
# Title Composer(s) Performer(s) Producer(s) Time
1 "Premier Intro" C. Martin DJ Premier 1:33
2 "Welcome to Brownsville" L. Starling
E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P.
Teflon
Fizzy Womack 3:59
3 "Everyday" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
D. McRae
M. Moore-Hough
M.O.P.
The G&B Product
DJ Premier 4:50
4 "Ante Up (Robbing-Hoodz Theory)" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
D. Pittman
M.O.P.
Funkmaster Flex (voice)
DR Period 4:08
5 "Face Off" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Martin
M.O.P. DJ Premier 4:06
6 "Warriorz" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
Imsomie Leeper
M.O.P. Mahogany 4:43
7 "G-Building" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P. M.O.P. 3:36
8 "Old Timerz" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
L. Elliot
M.O.P. Laze E Laze 3:50
9 "On the Front Line" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Martin
M.O.P. DJ Premier 3:06
10 "Nig-Gotiate" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P. Fizzy Womack 2:26
11 "Follow Instructions" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Martin
M.O.P. DJ Premier 5:03
12 "Calm Down" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P. Fizzy Womack 3:39
13 "Power" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P. Fizzy Womack 4:30
14 "Home Sweet Home" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
D. Lamb
W. Notise
M.O.P.
Lord Have Mercy
Nottz 3:58
15 "Background Niggaz" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
D. Pittman
M.O.P. DR Period 3:54
16 "Cold as Ice" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
M.O.P. Fizzy Womack 4:04
17 "Operation Lockdown" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Coker
M.O.P. Chris Coker 4:05
18 "Roll Call" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Martin
M.O.P. DJ Premier 4:03
19 "Foundation" E. Murray
J. Grinnage
C. Small
M.O.P. Curt Cazal 3:42

Samples[edit]

Welcome to Brownsville

Everyday

Ante Up (Robbing-Hoodz Theory)

Face Off

  • "Just a Prisoner" and "It's Too Late" by Billy Paul

Warriorz

G-Building

On the Front Line

Follow Instructions

Calm Down

Power

Background Niggaz

Cold as Ice

Operation Lockdown

Roll Call

Personnel[edit]

Contributors
Producers
Producer(s) DJ Premier, Fizzy Womack, DR Period, Mahogany producer, Laze E Laze, Nottz, Chris Coker, Curt Cazal
Executive Producer(s)
Performers
Lead vocals and rapping M.O.P., Teflon, The G&B Product, Lord Have Mercy
Additional and background vocals Funkmaster Flex
Technicians
Mixing Eddie Sancho
Engineering Eddie Sancho
Assistant Engineering Eric Steinen, Dexter Thibou
Mastering Tony Dawsey
A&R Administration Lincoln Weir, Trakelle Frazier
A&R Malachi Allah, Mike D
Sample Clearance Mark Spier
Creative Director Sanchez Stanfield
Product Manager Parris Bowe
Project Coordinator Sarah Honda
Art Direction Kerry DeBruce
Design Kerry DeBruce
Photography Anders Jones

Singles[edit]

Singles
Title B-Side Release Date
"G-Building" 2000
"Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)" 2000
"Cold As Ice" Ante Up (Remix) 2001

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[6] 25
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[7] 10
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[8] 5

Singles[edit]

Billboard Music Charts (North America) - "G-Building"[9]
Year Chart Name Peak Position
2000 Hot Rap Singles No. 38
Billboard Music Charts (North America) - "Ante Up (Robbin Hoodz Theory)"[9]
Year Chart Name Peak Position
2000 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks No. 74
2000 Hot Rap Singles No. 19

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