Papoose’s career is one that goes through crests and waves. During the crests, he’s forced to sit back and watch his album get shelved and, subsequently, forced to be released independently (remember The Nacirema Dream?).
But, during said waves, he knows how to make a viral stir (such as in the case of the just-dropped “Fortune 500 Freestyle,” which — as of this writing — has been streamed tens of thousands of times, with the full version had been released on his 41st birthday, March 5th).
But the formidable MC born Shamele Mackie says that the crests and waves of music are to be expected, especially when you’ve been in the game for as long as he has, and it’s best to just ride it out and go where it takes you.
“The music needs to be a reflection of where you currently are,” he tells HipHopDX exclusively. “Sometimes, at different stages of your career, you get caught up in where you are. And that doesn’t need to be the case. You just gotta go with the flow and enjoy the ride.”