Papoose Talks "50 Shots," "It Was My Duty To Speak"
Five NYPD officers shot and killed an unarmed Sean Bell last month on the night before he was supposed to be married. Police fired 50 shots at Bell and his two friends, Joseph Guzman and Trent Benefield as they left a strip club for his bachelor party. In a separate incident a couple of weeks later, NYPD officers also gunned down 19-year-old Timur Person in the Bronx.
"The atmosphere in New York is real intense right now but I love how people are coming together on this," Papoose said.
This past Saturday, the Brooklyn, NY MC was personally invited by the Reverend Al Sharpton to take part in a march down 5th Avenue in New York to protest both shootings. "If I judge by past experience, it will be the same bullshit just like how they did Amadou Diallo," said Pap. "They moved the venue to Albany and nothing happened. If justice is not served, I think it's gonna be a problem."
Being part of the solution, Papoose released the song "50 Shots" as a way to use his art as a form of protest. "I deal with knowledge of self and I have a strong fan base around both the world and the city and I felt it would be selfish if I didn't speak on it," Pap said. "Everybody may not have time to come to a Rev. Al Sharpton march or hear what Min. [Louis] Farrakhan is speaking about, so I felt it was my duty to speak on it."
Not typically known as a politically or socially-conscious artist, Pap hopes that people see that he is not easily categorized. "I'm a versatile MC. There's nothing I can't speak on or nothing that I can't touch. That's what makes you a good artist. If you're not versatile, you're a wack MC and one dimensional, and I'm far from that."
Pap is hoping that fans will recognize his versatility on his debut album, Nacirema Dream, which is set to drop in the first quarter of next year. With guest spots from Jadakiss, Swizz Beatz, DJ Premier and Pharell, among others, Pap is looking to make his mark on the hip-hop world with his first official offering.
"The mixtapes are like high school," said Papoose. "The album is like a college diploma, it's like graduation. If you liked that then you'll love what I'm doing on the album. I'm a fan of hip-hop. Some of the topics on my album are untouched. A lot of dudes ain't talking about the things that I'm talking about," says the Brooklyn rhyme spitter. "If you listen to my material, I come from different angles. I think my versatility is gonna put me over the top. It's gonna be a classic album."