XXL NEWS HIGHLIGHTS ’08: Papoose Comments On Sean Bell Tribute Tracks, Potential Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Suit

[Editor’s Note: With the new year around the corner, XXLmag.com looks back at some of our greatest stories and video features of 2008.]

While a group of artists are making comments and tracks regarding the Sean Bell verdict, only a handful of rappers went on record regarding the tragedy at the time. Papoose’s “Change Gon Come (50 Shots)” was a passionate plea immediately following the shooting and he’s followed the ordeal ever since. The Brooklyn rapper said he was beside himself when the judge announced his decision last Friday.

“I was furious when I heard about the verdict,” the rapper told XXLmag.com “Because it goes all the way back to Emmitt Till who was murdered in Mississippi for whistling at a white woman; the police walked into the courtroom laughing and they walked out of the courtroom laughing. It’s the same thing they did in the Sean Bell case.”

Pap said once the trio of police waived their right to trial by jury he suspected an unpopular decision would be made. “It was suppose to be in the hands of the [jury],” he explained. “And they took it out of the hands of the people and they put it into the hands of somebody who has the same mentality as the people who pulled the trigger.” Papoose said he’s happy other artists are now speaking up with tribute songs. He said they all deserve pats on their back; “It’s never too late to speak up,” he said.

The rapper also commented on a recent New York Daily News report that the Bed-Stuy Volunteer Ambulance Corp. is filing a suit against him for allegedly misleading the company about the nature of his video for “Ambulance.” “In no way, shape, or form was the video directed toward any rapper, “ Pap said. “The video was intended to show that the volunteer ambulance company actually responds to save lives faster than the police or city ambulance does. Instead of focusing on videos, [Daily News writer] Veronika Belenkaya should focus on more serious topics like innocent black men being killed by the police.” -Rodriguo Lopez

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  • jay

    first ….im never first…when the album comming out …pap …fallin off…let me know …..he used to be the best

    • nas

      r u fucking retarded?? have you heard build n destroy? Thats the best thing hes done and it came out recently you morron!!

    • cash

      ya thats when he was hungry and made all those good mixtapes. kind of like how 50 was hungary and made Get Rich Or Die trying.

  • Mario


  • i hate soulja boy

    what the fuck is a pampoose….

  • http://www.myspace.com/sinistahmoneybagz Sinistah aka 7Body Sin aka Lord Of The Thingz

    i agree with Pap, and i was even contemplating penning some shit about it, but i’m tryin to abstain from recording a track like that because it should’ve went down when it happened, and Pap was one of the only few who even artistically indulged in making mention of it not to mention literally there on the frontlines….

    shit my music is already what some foolishly consider “conscious/aware”, and i touch on shit beyond my block the proof is on the page and a few already know what it is……

    now i commend those doing it now too(making songs), but it’s more like a novelty situation… cause these are the same dudes that will be talkin bout flippin birds, and shootin niggaz under the earth, once the scenario plays out…

    we need progress, how it will happen is the question at hand!

  • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

    MICKEY FACTZ>>>>>>>>>>>>PAPOOSE.

  • deez

    ignorant nigga.

    • http://hiphoponmymind.blogspot.com DJ Daddy Mack

      no need for the n-word. i bet u never heard any of mickey’s tracks.

  • bk

    Its a sad day for the world and hip hop, over and over again , we as “humans” constansly prove our disregard for rightousness.. demons will devour prideful selves!! the jungle was Made and the animals just LIE in it.. I fully appreciate true expression but be that real brethren and stand up 100 %… we appraoching a new ugly world order .. be truly productive .. i and all my real people will shine .. hip hop protect your neck, the red coats coming … shits crazy, time on our side but yet we work against it .. keep humble … The meek will inheret the earth .. RIP SEAN BELL … now back to the task @ hand … Do that good job

    with love from NY Crimes
    life.. what a beautiful contrasting movie !! now wise up the third eye aint blind

    i c u………. ull c me

  • moresickaMC

    Isn’t Pap the same dude who sent goons to get @Unk Murda, and now he talking injustice and violence?

    ninja pleeease!

  • sinisster

    “In no way, shape, or form was the video directed toward any rapper, “ Pap said. “The video was intended to show that the volunteer ambulance company actually responds to save lives faster than the police or city ambulance does.
    LMAO…u have to give him points for tryin to lie on the fly

  • gee


  • murdaface

    “i’m papoose/i heard in some places it’s similar”



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  • still hate soulja boy

    so no one knows what a pampoon is?


    • Not a soulja fan either, but . . . .

      NO .

      No1 Knows W.T.f! a pampoon is (ya damn fool)

  • the a

    first of all, fuck the police..
    with that said, pap shared some truth they gave the faculty to judge such a racial crime (cuz no cop woulda shot 50 times a white suspect) to the same fukz that killed that boy, the authorities… whether is police themselves or judges, DAs whatever..
    anyways, sad thing is that boy gone and left back a broken family
    r.i.p. sean bell

  • mike

    This niggah here is fighting and supposedly shooting at other rappers, and he want to speak on how the police is treating us? I used to fuck with papoose hard, but i don’t respect this dude no more. Everything he do smell like he trying to get music sales. Fuck you and Remy papa. Talk to your future wife about all that bullshit. She shooting the next black woman for some bullshit change. Making videos condoning violence against other rappers, who used to feed her ass. Fuck outta here Pap, you and kay is some wack ass dudes. God Bless Sean Bell and all his family. Stop trying to get record sales Pap, cause you already lost with the wack shit you have been involved in, in the past few months. Tell yourself that shit when you looking in the mirror.