Papoose Says All Rap Music Has "A New York Sound"

Papoose responds to Kool Keith's comments about New York rappers running away from their original sound.

Brooklyn rapper Papoose offered his thoughts on New York Hip Hop as well as music from other regions in a newly-published interview with Vlad TV.

According to the New York City wordsmith, regardless of what region a particular sound comes from it still boasts “a New York sound” since the genre of Hip Hop originated in New York.

“I feel like the whole globe is a New York sound,” Papoose said. “We started—Hip Hop started in New York City. So, regardless of what sounds come out of every other region, it still looks good for us. It shows that we created something that can influence the world. So, when you say ‘the New York sound’—Yeah, you have certain music that gives you that feeling of actually being here physically, but come on let’s be real. Hip Hop started in New York. So, everything is a New York sound. You understand what I’m saying? It’s still a compliment to us regardless of what you do with it. We originated it.”

Papoose spoke further on New York Hip Hop when a quote from Bronx rapper Kool Keith was mentioned. In a past interview with Vlad TV, Kool Keith stated that New York rappers “ran away from they own sound.”

In response to Kool Keith’s comment, Papoose says he doesn’t feel that that’s what happened and instead offered his own take on why New York Hip Hop has changed. According to Pap, he says those “in positions of power” aren’t promoting the individuals fans want to hear.

“It’s a couple of different things,” he said. “One of the problems here is that I think the people that’s in positions of power—And when I say ‘positions of power’ I mean in a position to present the music to mass amounts of people at one time. They try to pick and choose who they want to shine. Instead of letting those shine who’s supposed to shine. So, when they do that it’s really not connecting with the audience because the people don’t really wanna hear these certain individuals. You understand what I’m saying? With this being the Mecca I don’t give a fuck how you slice it. You gonna wanna hear somebody that’s lyrically inclined. You gonna wanna hear somebody with some substance. So, when they trying to force feed certain artists I think that’s what keep us stagnated. One of the things that other regions do I don’t think they do that. From my observation it seems like they give everybody a fair shot.”

Papoose’s interview with Vlad TV can be found below.



  • Barrio18, E'z up!

    What the fuck kinda name is "Papoose"?? He's dead wrong. Not all rap music has a NY sound. That's nonsense. And who gives a fuck about what this clown has to say.

  • Anonymous

    then all rap has a southern sound too because it wouldn't exist without the blues/jazz/rock that originated in the south.

  • Anonymous

    Im from the west as and all i can say is fuck you ny haters yall more stuck in 90s than anyone with the suge knight attitude. Hip hop started there and the only reason why niggas hate ny is because they always had one advantage over everyone else lyricist. The west got spitters but no one can compare to eastcoast niggas rhyming skills.

  • Anonymous

    rap started as a NY version of the Jamaican sound system boasting, and chatting over records and loops ask Kool Herc

  • HUH

    I'm from the South and Papoose had too much pride to see the truth in Kool Keith's words.

  • jimjim

    paps done over thru



  • Anonymous

    If all hip-hop has a New York sound, why do so many New York rappers rap southern?

    • Anonymous

      Because NY has no real talent anymore and some lame ass old rappers who are 40 years and older whose careers is over.

  • Anonymous

    i just jerked off to a gorgeous black feminists feet yall. amazing toenails. feelin real good about myself rite nowe. her blog was fucked up though.

  • Anonymous

    never was retard

  • CTE Representer

    Young Jeezy 2005 BET Rap City Freestyle shits on anything Papoose ever made or ever will make

  • james

    Most of modern music originates from jazz. Jazz started in New Orleans so what the fuck are yall talkin about. The blues came from a Jazz influence. Rock n Roll came from a Jazz influence and so does hiphop. So pappoose is a geico headed fuck face.

    • HUH

      Tell em iLL. These fools don't even know. NY rap was founded on James Brown samples. James brown was the only one doing break beats back then and that's what started it. Ask DJ Kool Herc!!!

    • Anonymous

      incorrect, son, it's the other way around; blues/pop/french music ALL precede 'jazz'. don't talk to me about 'africa' because there wasn't any blues OR jazz there, those things would not have existed without black + white. the closest predecessors to 'rap' (that we know of) are talking/rhyming blues from the 1920s-30s.

    • tarhaka

      None of what either of you said negates the truth of Papoose's argument.

    • iLL

      Hip hop was 'created' by looping the "funky drummer" break beat. James Brown is from August, GA...So...

  • tarhaka

    Actually Bass music did start in New York

  • 7 Execution Style Murders

    Damn, always these sour ass old school new York dudes! Y'all always first to take ya claim, but never mention how that shit fell off hard(east coast rap) I understand fully that ny started it, west coast OG's was on the styles early(ice t, wc, too short) but then they switched it up with that Ganster shit(which has become a staple of rap/hip hop) WEST COAST elevated the art form that lead to the golden days...Nas, Jay Z, Mobb Deep, all Y'ALL hardest hitters took on some mafia role, snoop n Dre, cube n connect gang! Can't nobody deny that rap/hip hop would cease to exist if this G shit didn't give it a new life! I'm talking like I said, 90's. Biggest rapper from ny, Biggie, shit is straight west coast to the fullest! Ny like to claim the shit at any opportunity, but WEST COAST shaped this hip hop/rap into the phenomenon it went on to become!(I don't consider this f4g shit, since Kanye first came out, rap/hip hop) it ended around 2003-04, the real music, real classics getting dropped! NY stay losing, West dudes keeping it G, WC, Tha Eastsidaz! Y'all got Jay Z and Nas on some bullshit! Haha WEST SIIIIIIDE! haters get at me, outies

  • Anonymous

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  • tarhaka

    Actually Bass music did start in New Yrok


    All Rap music has A H-TOWN $ound yall stay coping are Sh!T

    • TEXAS

      Yes in some ways are music can sound like G-Funk or even east coast Hip Hop however in the late 80's H-TOWN started the Trend of Screw. Screwed up music over normal tempo songs and in lyrics or chorus. Ever since it blew up thats all I hear from new & old artist today from all over not just the south. Thats why Rap music has that H-TOWN $ound

    • Anonymous

      Yeah I know of Screw but you gotta admit most h town records be sounding like G-funk not like Screw music

    • TEXAS

      nah screw been around longer....thats the style you new west & east coast artist be jacking

    • Anonymous

      "H-Town $ound" LMAO nigga please what sound? The sound y'all hijacked from the West Coast???

  • Anonymous

    lol half y'all new york niggas tryna sound like chicago and the other half tryna sound like down south

  • Pappy

    No. Not because it started somewhere means that it's forever attached to that place. That's like saying Miami Bass is NY. No it's not. Pappy you can do better.

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