*UPDATE* MOP’s own Billy Danze took to his Facebook yesterday (November 22) to explain that this is very much an Onyx *versus* MOP album:
No Preasure: So word around the globe is Onyx Feel as if M.O.P cant match them in no way..
Stage Show, Lyrics or making better songs .. Sticky Fingers And Fredo has officially lost their minds.. M.O.P work is well above thief radar and I dout if they fully understand the reason why we’re considered the hardest rap duo ever..
#OnyxVSMop. Lite work
Are you excited to see the two NYC groups square off?
Hard-nosed hip-hop heads have been in Onyx and MOP’s corners for over 20 years, and now they’re calling on goons worldwide to support an unprecedented collaborative album via Kickstarter.
The supergroup revealed their plans to work together with German producers Snowgoons (who also produced both group’s respective last projects) this past Saturday (November 21) and are asking for $30,000 to produce the album independently. “To bring the hardest hip hop album ever to life, we need all of you fans to support. We need Hip Hop to support,” a statement on the project’s page says. “We are taking no shortcuts, so we have to do it the right way: Ruff Rugged & Raw. That means we have to do it Independent.”
Both of their last releases, M.O.P.’s Sparta from 2011, and Onyx’s Wakedafucup from 2014, were produced via their respective independent labels, Babygrande Records and Goon MuSick, but it’s looking like Goon MuSick will be pushing this project hardcore. As can be expected from Kickstarter, there’s rewards aplenty if you throw down some cash, like an exclusive remix, autographed CDs and vinyl, a backstage pass to the album release party in NYC, and even a custom beat, courtesy of Snowgoons.
The rate of success for older artists reaching out to fans via Kickstarter has been mixed. De La Soul raised $600,874 for their next project …And The Anonymous Nobody, while The Geto Boys‘ attempt to crowd fund a new album saw them falling short of their $100,000 goal. As we’ve said before, the secret formula to a successful crowdfunding campaign is elusive, and we hope that Onyx and MOP can find it so they can make what very well be the grimiest album of 2016.