Papoose Gives a Track-By-Track Breakdown of “The Nacirema Dream”
“Basically, I’m a big fan of poetry, so that’s why you hear that type of stuff in my music. ‘Mother Ghetto,’ how can I explain it? It’s basically taking pride in where you’re from. Even though the ghetto is the ghetto and it’s hard for us in the ghetto, and we might go through some times, some trials and tribulations, but if it wasn’t for the place we come from, we wouldn’t be who we are. No matter how hard that environment was, it contributed to our personalities. You take the good out of it.
“It’s basically just taking pride in where you’re from, no matter where it is, whether it’s in the worst part of Africa or the worst part of London, you know what I’m saying? Regardless of what, you can’t forget where you came from ’cause you never know where you’re going. I’m from Brooklyn, and if you never been to Brooklyn, ‘Mother Ghetto’ will give you an inside look from my point of view, from Papoose’s point of view—what it looks like being a teenager, getting up in the morning and walking outside my door.
“So if you’ve never been to Brooklyn, you get an inside look. And if you from Brooklyn, you’ll be proud to be from there when you hear that track. Take pride in where you from. It don’t have to necessarily be Brooklyn. I’m representing Brooklyn. But it’s telling everybody else: wherever you’re from, don’t be ashamed of that. People hide their backgrounds. Be proud of where you’re from. That’s what that track is about.”