St. Marxmen

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Why M.O.P. signed a deal with Roc-A-Fella is food for thought. For better or for worse, M.O.P.'s Roc-A-Fella deal went sour before a full studio album came to fruition. And while their 2005 effort, St. Marxmen, features a number of more radio-friendly studio cuts and collaborations from their short-lived tenure with Jay-Z's label, longtime fans will be pleased to hear that the album is, on the whole, the same rowdy, "banned from TV" sound that has been the Brownville duo's signature since "How About Some Hardcore." Of particular note is "Put It in the Air," on which Fizzy Womack and Lil' Fame deliver some of their most ferocious verses in years over a pounding, Run-D.M.C.-esque boom-bap beat.

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