Saturday, January 11, 2014

Papoose aiming to dominate 2014

Papoose new mixtape 2014

It looks like we will be getting a lot new Papoose music in 2014. The Brooklyn lyricist, who last March released his very disappointing debut album, The Nacirema Dream, took to Twitter (and Instagram) today to announce a year-long bombardment of monthly mixtapes.

Let's first establish that Papoose is notorious for delaying mixtapes. "Next week" is one of his trademark expressions, and it used to frustrated me to no end how careless or impotent he is, or at least presents himself to be, about honoring release dates. Just track down members of now-ceased fan forums Papooseonline.com and Thugacated.ning if you want verification.

That said, this concept could work.

Remember what the Hip-Hop Weekly series did for Crooked I between 2007 and 2008? For an entire year, the Long Beach based rapper had the hip hop community locked in with weekly barrages of dope rhymes, and eventually Wednesdays became synonymous with Crooked I music. It goes without saying that the whole thing brought him a huge buzz.

And there's no reason it can't work for Papoose.

Granted, the Summer Jam antics, dissatisfying debut album, and ever-decreasing quality of his mixtapes have taken its toll on my devotion for Pap, but there's no denying that he made some of my all-time favorite mixtapes. 

The Beast From The EastA Moment Of SilenceSharadesMixtape Murder, and The Boyz In The Hood are all classics in my book, and there's a dozen more of his mixtapes that I have played to pieces and continue to play to this day.

What I'm trying to say is: Papoose has, or at least had, supreme rhyming skills. There's no denying that.

Whether or not he succeeds with this ambitious undertaking depends on A) whether he is able to meticulously deliver a new mixtape every month, and B) the degree in which he can put the more recent, nonsensical rhymes behind him and recapture his old lyricism. If the rhymes are punchless, there is no way that this will work.

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