So Papoose, the ””next great hope”” of New York City hip hop, has finally been dropped from Jive. Svengali Kay Slay announced it on Hot 97 and kept referring to it as Pap acquiring his ””release,”” putting the brunt on endless delays and no commercial buzz on Jive–””a good R&B label””–and on the ””60 something year-old-white”” A&R”” assigned to Pap, the ””20 something year old black kid…from Brooklyn.””
We have a few bones to pick:[more:] First off, Papoose is pushing thirty, for the record, with only an endless barrage of half-cocked mixtapes and YouTube clips of a rhyme trick the dude from Blackalicious did first to show for it. And second, even if ”’84 Russell Simmons and ”’96 Dame Dash and ”’63 Ahmet Ertegun had been rolled into some kind of superhustling bionic A&R, Papoose still would have flopped.
The self-proclaimed ””lyrical one”” loves to overload his lines, striving for a killer knockout. Problem is, his knockouts are always so lame, either miles-away obvious or unwarrantedly satisfied with themselves. A commenter on a Status Ain”’t Hood blog post, riffing on ””50 Shots,”” produced a rhyme that was, and no disrespect to the Sean Bell situation, a perfect encapsulation of Pap”’s thick-headed bluster: ””what they did was wrong, like saying two plus two is five / Sean Bell is dead, that means he isn”’t alive.”” Cracks me up every time. (And for fairness sake, an actual Papoose line; ””They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too / Tell me what’s the meaning? / What’s the sense of me having cake if I can’t eat it?”” Gah.) So anyways, shame on Jive for dropping $1.5 mill (if that”’s even true) on this dude in the first place, but kudos for at least realizing they fucked up in time.