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Papoose:21 Gun Salute

Since back when Papoose came on the scene I have to say, I wasn’t much of a fan. Lyrically son is a beast off its chain and his bars were hard enough to build a prison off of, but his flow was erratic sometimes and delivery would always lose me and then get me back, and lose me again. It’s like an off and on again relationship. Sooner or later you’re gonna just give up. But regardless to whom or what, I always listen to his mixtapes to see what’s really hood in the mind of Papoose (never liked the name either. Sounds like an armadillo’s cousin).

Regardless of his inconsistent flow, dude can create some murderous bars that’s kept him relevant in a time where mother goose music is king. Lines like on “Hat Under My Hood” where son said, “How could a man say he’s feeling another man’s swagger/only females’ supposed to discuss that matter/if you feel a man’s swag then somebody should clap ya/that’s some homo shit you fuckin’ gay rappers,” was just hard and every word rings well, but his style of delivery just doesn’t have any personality to it. He’s like a rapping Forvo or something, na’mean?

But Papoose didn’t get this far by having a destructive flow. His jewel and gem dropping is what’s made him who he is and this mixtape is chock-full of them. That’s what got him signed to Jive at the tune of 1.5 mil (And the Yankees thought they lost money on Carl Pavano).

He took Keyshia Cole’s “Heaven Sent” beat and created “Take These Bars” where he channeled the spirit of Cochran so ill that it’ll will have a man feeling like he could be be his own attorney in a court of law. And he kicked a real sweet freestyle over CNN’s “T.O.N.Y.” beat on “Dirty York Shit.” “Live And Learn” was just as gangsta.

And I’m definitely giving him props for featuring my man ghost but not forgotten, AZ (Doe or Die was a classic!) on “Knowledge is Freedom.” Mr. Cruz is still top 20 of all time lyrically & rhyming.

But son, “Baby Love”?? I know Papoose characterizes a Native American seed, but that was just ridiculous. I get the concept, but the sample (“Baby Love” by The Supremes) just wasn’t a good look. That joint had no place anywhere in or around this mixtape. “I Can Help You Get Off” is another failed attempt at a mainstream banger.

All in all, Papoose is sounding like a more seasoned MC who’s worked on his flow enough to keep heads like me attention for the duration of this mixtape. His lyrics and rhymes are just as potent as they’ve ever been if they’re not filled with more THC and with a more consistent flow, he’s taken his game to the next level. While I’m not too thrilled with some of the beat selections (Rhyming over Ne Yo’s “Go On Girl” beat???), he was still able to crank out a pretty dope mixtape for the block. Still not thrilled with the name though. I’m just start calling him “Take The Money & Run.”

Hottest Joint: “Dirty York Shit”

Weakest Joint: “Baby Love’


  • chad bro chill

    dudes like saigon and papoose impressed me from the start but slowly just became irrelavent they made no progression

  • dark vanilla

    Papoose is a tight lyricist, but he has begun to bore me. I mean all he ever raps bout is guns, guns, and more guns. When he does his remixes of other rappers songs, they’re bout guns. Kinda starting to bore me.

  • hotbox

    i like papoose but i havent got time to check out mixtapes like that. . . drop a real, official cohesive album on Koch or something and I’ll pay the $15 for the joint. that goes for all other “mixtape” rappers

    • http://myspace.com/adrenalinetruth adrenaline

      thats exactly what i was thinking. i know its kind of spitting in the face of his 1.5 mil deal, but who cares? put out something real already for christsakes

  • http://xxlmag j da b stuy reppa

    Pap’s biggest mistake was fucking wit Kay Slay. Dude is not an executive.

    • AVON

      FAM I COULD NOT AGREE MORE

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I love Limewire

  • NYNATIV

    When I first heard Pap, I was like, damn!! he’s nice. But after about 10-15 mixtapes, I started to loose interest. He’s got some ill lyrics but after a while, a lot of his songs started to sound the same. Kay is nice as a DJ but he needs some realer beats to take him to that next level and he needs to drop an official album before he’s forgotten about.

  • og bobby j

    Pap might as well die. He made his mark with some really dope tracks and mixtapes but missed his chance to blow. That victory 2007 joint was hot and so was physco joint with cassidy.

    He can spit with the best of them.

    “got rappers under my wings like shrimp fried rice”

    “you brought ten niggas that thought they’d never see you breathless, well that something ten’ll see like memphis”

  • http://www.teamsupreme.wordpress.com Hold Tight The UK Garage And Grime… UK I Rep Thats Me When I Rhyme!

    Gotta disagree about choice of beats, he killed the Go On Girl beat with the content. They match perfectly.

  • Anonymous

    shit, you might not wanna hear about gunz but I want something i can relate to, bump this shit on the block