I'm sure every story about Papoose between now and when his album drops will have to mention something about him being the one and a half million dollar man, but it really does bear repeating: Jive Records, the same cracka-ass crackas who fucked up the last OutKast and Clipse albums, gave this bum, who sounds like a budget Big L, (in Dr. Evil voice) $1.5 million. People, there's clueless, and then there's clueless. Jive Records is obviously the latter.
Perhaps to capitalize on the publicity generated by Pap having one of his bag handlers chase that clown Uncle Murder out of a club and down a street (you ain't know? that's how hip-hop works these days), Jive Records has gone and released the first single from Pap's forthcoming debut the Nacirema Dream.
I know Papoose has shown flashes of lyrical brilliance in the past, but if there was any thought of his debut being the next Illmatic, I guess you can put that aside now. Jive Records has got a shiteload of money to make back, and obviously they aren't about to take very many chases. They've brought in Scott Storch and Snoop Dogg to handle the bulk of the heavy lifting on "Bang It Out," and, wouldn't you know, it pretty much sounds like a Scott Storch-produced Snoop Dogg record, but with Papoose dropping a couple of verses on it. As a Snoop Dogg song this would be alright, but as the first Papoose record, I'm at a loss for how this could be considered a good idea. (via Ian)