Papoose plans to be busy. During the next several months the Brooklyn rapper, who released his The Nacirema Dream album March 26, says he’ll be a fixture in the studio and in front of the camera.
“I’m working on my next project, but at the same time, I’m just creating visuals for every song on my album at this point,” Papoose says in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX. “I wanna push this album to the ends of the globe. I don’t feel this is an album I’m just gonna drop and forget about. The response from the people is that they want visuals for records like ‘Motion Picture.’ So I was able to shoot a couple good videos. I shot the ‘6 AM’ video featuring Jadakiss and Jim Jones. And then we sampled Ice T on the chorus, so the OG Ice T came out. It’s gonna be epic when that comes out. We already shot videos for the singles with Ron Browz and DJ Premier, and these are all unreleased. So I’m looking to shoot the video for ‘Cure’ and a couple others.”
Papoose signed to Jive Records in 2006 and soon announced that his first album with the imprint would be The Nacirema Dream. He was dropped from the label the following year and, after releasing a string of mixtapes, Papoose released an updated version of The Nacirema Dream album independently in March.
Several notable Rap figures told Papoose that he couldn’t relax now that he’d released his long-awaited debut album. “I was talking to brothers in the game I respect like DJ Premier,” Papoose says. “He was telling me, ‘Yo, man I love the album. I’m glad you finally got it out, and you can’t hesitate to drop the next one. It can’t take seven years…you gotta be fast on it. And I’m definitely gonna be a part of it.’ He’s not the only one that’s told me that; I’m hearing it from a couple different people. Just judging from what people that support me are saying, I think I’m gonna have to move fast to get this next album out. I’m already planning, plotting and strategizing on that. Remy [Ma] will be home next year, and I’m just gonna be contributing to her movement and what she’s trying to do from behind the scenes. We’re working on a lot of things under the table, because a lot of different companies and entities are reaching out to her. We’re planning her comeback, so I feel sorry for everybody.”
ADDITIONAL REPORTING BY OMAR BURGESS