The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

The Independent Student Newspaper of St. John's University

The Torch

View this profile on Instagram

The Torch (@sju_torch) • Instagram photos and videos

Photo Courtesy / YouTube Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift’s "The Tortured Poets Department" Shoots to Kill
Olivia Rainson, Features Editor & Social Media Manager • April 19, 2024
Photo Courtesy / Unsplash Solen Feyissa
Op-Ed: Maybe Banning TikTok Isn’t Such a Bad Thing
Elizabeth Kaufmann, Opinion Editor & Human Resources Manager Emerita • April 19, 2024
Photo Courtesy / YouTube Swae Lee
Swae Lee to Headline 2024 Stormin’ Loud
Olivia Seaman, Editor-in-Chief • April 18, 2024
Photo Courtesy / YouTube NPR Music
Chappell Roan: The People’s Pop Princess
Molly Downs, Culture Editor • April 18, 2024

Meet the Artists

Hailing from Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, underground rapper Papoose has released a flurry of mix tapes since his debut on DJ Kay Slay’s “Streetsweeper, Vol. 2: The Pain From The Game.” Unlike most up-and-coming rappers, Papoose is anything but humble.

“My mix tapes sell like drugs on the street,” he said in the March 29 issue of Rolling Stone.

Kay Slay, however, has backed his seemingly well-deserved boastfulness. In 2005, Papoose scooped up the MTV Justo Award for best underground rapper.

Although he started writing lyrics at age 10, he did not get his first break until he was 18, when Kool G Rap made him a guest on his album Roots of Evil. However, it was “Alphabetical Slaughter” that brought Papoose fame. The track features Papoose rapping with each word going in alphabetical order (“Cockin’ caliber chromes, creatin’ casualties, compensatin’ / Dominatin’, devoted, dealer-devastatin'”).

Now 26 years old, Papoose is looking at a debut album entitled Nacirema Dream (“American Dream” backwards), which is scheduled to hit stores this year. With the help of Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode Squad and Kay Slay’s Street Sweepers, Papoose plans to bring his career to a whole new level.

Leave a Comment
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Your donation will support the student journalists of St. John's University. Your contribution will allow us to purchase equipment and cover our annual website hosting costs.

More to Discover
Donate to The Torch
$0
$500
Contributed
Our Goal

Comments (0)

We love comments and feedback, but we ask that you please be respectful in your responses.
All The Torch Picks Reader Picks Sort: Newest

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *