Papoose, one of the best rappers to ever bless the mic, is dropping his first studio album this year. Best known for his lyrical prowess on his mixtapes, the album called The Nacirema Dream drops March 5, 2013. Papoose took the time to talk to Yo! Raps about the album and calls this album “the return of a real album, the return of real Hip-Hop”.
What are you working on right now?
I’m working on my album. My album drops March 5th, 2013, it’s the return of a real album, the return of real Hip-Hop. It’s called The Nacirema Dream. Nacirema is the word American spelled backwards and I’m dropping it on my birthday.
What do you thing of the state of Hip-Hop right now? Do you think Hip-Hop is dead like Nas said? What’s going on?
I think Nas made a good point, you know what I’m saying, that the art form of it is dead, you know a lot of people, they don’t care about what hip hop is really about.
The foundation, the basis of being creative, having concepts, touching on topics and enlightening people; being versatile. It’s not just about that, it’s about having fun too, but be creative with it. In that shape, form and fashion, he had a good point by saying Hip-Hop is dead.
Anybody that’s in a position that I am, in a position to put out an album and I’m in the driver’s seat, my album comes out March 5, 2013.
That’s right and I hear your cadence, and I hear your passion for Hip-Hop. Do you remember the first rap song that inspired you?
It would have to be Ain’t No Half Steppin by Big Daddy Kane. That’s what made me want to be nice! You know what I’m saying? That’s not what made me want to rap, that made me want to be good at it, to be great.
And we definitely see that in your lyrics, among everything, you’re a lyricist. Who do you think is on your level as lyrics go right now?
As far as lyrical content? That’s a hard one, man. They ain’t on my level [laughs].
Nah, I give props man. I’m happy for a lot of artists that are doing their thing. Lyrically I respect Eminem, you know what I’m saying, and it’s just hard for me. I’m a fan of Hip-Hop too, so I’m big on your content, your versatility, your substance, but as a lyricist I would say I respect Eminem lyrically.
What producers are working with right now?
I got DJ Premier on the album, I got Ron Browz, I got my man C4 on the album, I got the Heatmakers, a lot of great producers on the album.
You’re focused, how do you prepare for when you’re about to drop an album?
I just wake up every day and I make sure that I’m doing something that works toward the release of my album, sometimes you could be distracted. I’ve been through a lot of tragic things in my life, my wife was incarcerated, I’m a father, sometimes you can get distracted by trials and tribulations.
But what I do is I remind myself every morning that I’m blessed to be finally doing something that I always wanted to do, which is music and to stay focused. I just remind myself everyday what my goal is.
- By Natasha Scott