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Album Review: Papoose, The Nacirema Dream

There was a time when Papoose looked like the heir apparent to New York’s hip-hop throne. Over the course of a dozen or so street mixtapes, the Brooklyn-bred MC generated a huge buzz which led to his infamous $1.5 million deal at Jive Records in 2006. His debut album, The Nacirema Dream, was supposed to come out soon after and many hoped it would mark mainstream rap’s return to the grimy realism of New York hip-hop in the 90s. But until this week, Pap’s dream was never realized. On Tuesday, The Nacirema Dream arrived, nearly seven years after its original ...

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