Hip hop icon Billy Danze is one half of the legendary group M.O.P aka Mash Out Posse alongside Lil F.A.M.E hailing from my hometown Brownsville. The group is known for hits like “How About Some Hardcore“, “Ante Up“, “Cold as Ice“, and many more. Billy Danze is back with hot project titled 6 Pack. The hip hop vet unloaded lethal bars. Fans and media outlets have been going crazy over the new visuals and music. I had the pleasure of of chopping it up with Billy Danze to discuss his career and current hot topics in hip hop right now.
Who are your musical influences?
When I started professionally, Daddy Kane, Biz, the whole Juice Crew, Scarface, Gang Starr, KRS One, Rakim of course. My passion initially came from music my father and mother was playing. The Ojays and Temptations. Real music…good, good music.
When did you and Fame meet?
I don’t remember. I can’t say I met him at the park or at the store. It’s been that long. You can ask him the same question. I don’t even recall when or how we met . That’s how long we been rocking.
How did you come up with that name Mash Out Posse (M.O.P.)?
Well, we used to police our neighborhood in Brownsville. We called ourselves the Mash Out Posse. We were domestic violence police. It wouldn’t be a good idea to have problems with your girl on our blocks. The name just stuck with us.
How did you feel with the success of Ante Up?
At some point in my career I was expecting it. I was hoping it happened. When it happened, I was like wow whats going on? It’s crazy because public perception of Ante Up was that it was about violence or robbing. Actually, it was about us getting the recognition we deserved for the music we put out.
Tell us your thoughts on the evolution of hip hop
You know what, I actually like it. Most people think the older cats are bitter about it. I’m not. Imagine if Kool Herc, Bam and other dudes that started in the Bronx said it stops with them. We wouldn’t even be having this conversation. We need new artists. I love the direction it’s headed in. Hip hop has to grow. When it first started people said it wouldn’t last longer than ten years . Now look at it forty years plus in the game and people who grew up where we are from are disgustingly rich because of it. Back then we had didn’t have it like that. I love the way hip hop is now . Long live hip hop! Let’s keep it going!
Are DJs playing what’s actually hot or being paid to play certain artists?
People think DJs control the music. Sometimes the DJ spin stuff they don’t want to. The fans want to hear what they want to hear. They get mad at the artists for what’s being fed to them by the DJ. Its not the artist fault. I’ve rolled up to radio stations and asked DJ why you not playing my music? You know which stations. I was a hot head at the time. I didn’t understand the game. If you look for a clean M.O.P album it would be nothing but an instrumental. The DJ couldn’t do anything with album with all the cursing. I had to apologize for going in on them at the station and at shows about music they couldn’t play on the air. I say that not because I want the Djs to play my music now. I’m just older and know more about the business.
In the latest situation with De La Soul, what are your thoughts on streaming services?
Streams gives fans access to music quicker. It helps you work towards building fan base. It’s all the same thing to me as an artist whether it’s physical sales or streams. Now as far as the labels go, I’ve never really been for labels with the exception of the first to sign me. I thank them for giving me a shot . Imagine if artists stopped making music and stopped all of our music from being played on all outlets radio etc. If everybody just stopped collectively, the world would go nuts without music. We provide a major service. We really don’t need the labels now . I don’t know what kind of deals people are in. If we allow the label the privilege to do a deal, it should be fair and designed for artists to get the bulk. I think Tommy Boy wants 90%. That’s crazy. You can’t be greedy in these situations. Shout out to De La Soul. I hope they get things worked out. Death to Tommy Boy.
Tell us what inspired this latest project.
I felt like hip hop was in a ” good music” recession. So I was coming through with a stimulus package. The 6 Pack is my version of a single. I’m just giving small doses at a time . Some producers on my project are Big Scoob. He used to dance for Big Daddy Kane. Halle Berry was done by from Connecticut. I picked a bunch of emerging producers. We need fresh blood in this music. The sound came out pretty dope too.
Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?
I’ve had a conversation with Kendrick Lamar and his people. Young M.A. is dope I spoke with her and her people too. This is new for me . I’m not one of those guys who reach out to get people on my records. I’ve had features with Busta Rhymes, Jay Z, 50 They asked me to get on a record. We made it happen. I want to expand and advocate more with the music . I want to work with younger artists.
Let’s form a super group. Who would you pick?
Kool G Rap Rakim Scarface and I would call us Men of Honor
It’s always a pleasure speaking with Billy Danze. He’s down to earth and has so much knowledge to share on the industry. Weekly Rap Gods would like to thank him for his countless contributions to the culture. He has rightfully earned the title Rap God.