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Papoose Gives a Track-By-Track Breakdown of “The Nacirema Dream”



“That record is just me showcasing what I do best, spittin’ and spittin’ from the heart. Spittin’ with passion and conviction, you know what I’m saying? Just have faith in yourself. You can do it. You hear the hunger from the start, when it first comes on.

“There’s actually an Etta James sample in here. She’s singing almost from the pit of her stomach. That beat wrote my lyrics for me. Sometimes you can have writer’s block, but for me, if I hear the right beat, it comes out like water. That beat just had me. It’s just basically to have faith in yourself. I think people are gonna like it. Any of the core Papoose fans are gonna like that record.

“I fought to get it on the album. When I was on the job, part of the reason they held my album up was because we was trying to play samples. That’s what held my project up. They was like, ‘Yo, it’s so time consuming. Let me explain something to you man, I can clear them shits by myself.’ They actually had a guy at the label and that was his job. He would get paid just to be on the phone and clear samples. I’m talking, we would speak to this guy every week like, ‘Yo, any progress?’ No progress from this guy, but I guess he was getting paid to draw it out and make the process longer.

“I got on the phone. I would go look a record up on the Internet and find it. I would call these people up, ‘Hey, listen. This is Papoose. I’m trying to clear this record from the O’Jays. It’s featuring my wife and me. She’s incarcerated.’ They on the phone like, ‘Is this really Papoose? You don’t got a lawyer for this?’ ‘No, I’m doing it myself,’ and I actually got results like that. But as the process went on, I had to get some help from my good friend over here. He helped me out; you know what I’m saying? Honestly, I was able to clear samples on my own. I don’t wanna even be giving this game to these artists because they are just puppets. They don’t do nothing for themselves. I actually cleared a lot of samples on my own.”

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