Like many hip-hop personalities these days, veteran Brooklyn emcee Papoose has been experiencing a rebrand-of-sorts. After appearing on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop NY with his wife Remy Ma, many have viewed the respected emcees’ marriage as “relationship goals.” The two have resonated with audiences so much that they have started their own show, Meet The Mackies, which airs Mondays on VH1 at 9 PM (eastern time).
However, Pap doesn’t want the people to forget that he’s one of the most lyrically-able rappers to ever touch a mic. If you’ll remember, with the help of the legendary DJ Kay Slay, Papoose gained a significant buzz on the underground and signed a $1.5 million deal with Jive Records in 2005. However, Pap and Kay Slay cut ties with Jive after his debut album, Nacirema Dream, was shelved. Nevertheless, Papoose and Kay Slay are still at it together and the dup has dropped another mixtape for hardcore hip-hop fans in the form of Back 2 The Streets. In their attempt to restore the feeling of mixtape era NYC rap, Pap carries the bulk share of lyricism, with assists only coming on two tracks from Dave East and Sheek Louch on “”Da Flow” and Meet Sims on “”The Streets Got Me.” Production is mostly handled by Trackateering Music, aside from the tape’s final track, “Obituary 2017,” which was done by E Dubb.
Stream Back 2 The Streets by Papoose and DJ Kay Slay below.