Papoose Gives a Track-By-Track Breakdown of “The Nacirema Dream”
“The title track for me, it was just trying to get the message out to people to just follow your dreams, regardless of what’s put in front of you. It kinda describes my struggle from growing up in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn to even being successful in music. That’s what it’s about.
“The message is just follow your dreams. Don’t let anybody tell you what you can and can’t do. If you are a journalist, do it to the fullest. You can be at the top, regardless. People like to put other people down. Just don’t let anybody ever put obstacles in your way that you can’t overcome. That’s what that’s about. As opposed to just making a title track, I gotta put my stamp on it. I just wanna speak from the heart on that and let people know what I’ve been through and talk about the success also, talk about the hard times but talk about the success that came behind it.
“It’s definitely uplifting. Talking about, you know, things you wanna do when you get money, like take care of your mother, take care of your wife, take care of your children, things of that nature. Instead of just blowing money on flossing and things that most people tend to do, take care of your family when you get successful. I’m basically telling you what I wanna do when I achieve that American dream. That’s what that record is telling you when you listen to it. It’s in the chorus.
“I think people are gonna relate to it, being the fact that I grew up here and I’ve been through the hard times, and a lot of people out there have gone through worse times than me. We all have dreams. Whether we follow them or not, I don’t know. But that’s what I’m here to do, to influence. Follow your dreams. You can make it. I made it. What I considered successful when I was a kid I did it already. When people hate on me and say this, they don’t understand I’m in my glory. I’m just happy to be here, honestly. The money and everything, that’s gonna come as long as you’re true to your craft and true to what you do. When you worry about the money too much, you start chasing it and it runs from you. When you just do what you do and you focus on your craft, all of that’s gonna come.”