Papoose "Dreams And Nightmares" Music Video
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A couple years before this official debut landed, Papoose was hip-hop's great East Coast hope, but by the time the much anticipated The Nacirema Dream landed at least five years late, the million-plus-dollar Jive Records contract and the aboveground "buzz" had both vanished. Nacirema — and that's "America" backwards — barely cracked the Top 100 its first week, but you can blame the long birthing period and the miles of bad road to get here because Papoose is as angry, as snide, and as clever as the man who burned up the mixtape circuit. He's no serpentine or subtle rapper either, preferring to pull curious listeners instantly into his "Motion Picture" by telling a paranoid story of his crew and their willingness to mutiny, rather than the usual don't-jack-my-swagger track. Titles like "Pimpin Won't Die," "Die Like a G," and "Where I Come From" lead to tracks much more meaty and fresh than those beat-up words might suggest, and with dancehall don Mavado (toasting on the stately anthem "On Top of My Game"), fellow cold gangsters Mobb Deep (sounding perfectly at home on "Aim Shoot"), and the legendary DJ Premier (a massive production asset on the infectious smackdown called "Turn It Up") all here, this is the non-crossover, not-so-radio-friendly guest list fans always hoped would happen. What doesn't happen is that satisfying overall album flow, and when it comes to production, the highlights are mentioned above with the rest of the album sounding mixtape rough or just plain old. It might not be the grand arrival showcase that was expected but Papoose hasn't fallen off the "ones to watch" list quite yet, even when he's been on there longer than most anyone else.
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Benzino said he wanted to be best man at Stevie J and Joseline‘s wedding when Stevie showed off the engagement ring Joseline gave him last week on Love And Hip Hop Atlanta. Turns out he’s more than that, he’s also the bearer of big news: Stevie was apparently not lying in that tweet he sent out on Monday about being married. In Benzino’s Hip Hop Weekly magazine,Stevie confirms that he and Joseline tied the knot.
Benzino tweeted yesterday “WE BROKE THE STORY FIRST!!!” and linked to his magazine’s site with the scoop. Stevie explains that they went to a justice of the peace, but if there’s an opportunity to have another ceremony, “We’ll do it on the show or something,” he says. “Or have our own show and have some kids on the show.” And as far as Mimi is concerned, he says, “There’s some jealousy there but I don’t believe there’s enough to where there would be a problem. Joseline is my wife now, and Mimi is the mother of my child. Not a whole lot can be done. But I can make sure that Mimi will always be good. That’s not going to change. But I’m married now — I’m married now!” This is going to make for one hell of a live chat when we have the three of them on Very VH1 this Monday night.But of course, dramatic love triangle aside, we’d be remiss if we didn’t offer congratulations. Mazel tov, you two crazy, CRAZY kids.
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