News: Papoose Linked To Rikers Island Prison Slashing

Monday, Jun 22, 2009 10:36AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Papoose has reportedly been linked to a 2006 Rikers Island violent brawl when he allegedly signaled various gang signs during his concert performance.

While legal charges have yet to be filed, the rapper is being accused of igniting a slashing amongst prisoners during his set.

Hip-hopper Papoose put on a concert for low-risk inmates there in 2006, and two jailbirds were slashed in the face after he flashed gang signs. The Brooklyn-born rapper had demanded at the last minute that two of his buddies incarcerated at different jails be brought to see his concert in the George Motchan Detention Center's gym. Jail officials initially scoffed, but Papoose threatened to cancel. High-ranking supervisors stepped in and permitted the transfer, sources said. During his set, Papoose flashed Bloods signs, one jail source said. Inmates affiliated with the Bloods erupted in cheers, the sources said. Suspected Bloods members slashed two prisoners in the face with razors after the concert. (New York Post)

Papoose and incarcerated rapper Remy Ma made headlines last year after he was accused of trying to plan a jail escape.

Papoose, who denied any type of motive of planning to break out his wife to be, barked at reporters "I don't walk to talk, get out of my face. You all write racist articles." Remy Ma, who will now have to wait until she's moved into maximum security at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility in Westchester County to wed her lyrical finance, will be entitled to conjugal visits once the two tie the knot. (BET)

Remy, who was rumored to marry Papoose despite a prison sentence, recently inked a letter from behind bars earlier this month.

"I rarely listen to the radio because it's sort of depressing," Remy wrote in a letter. "Not being able to record is stressful not because I'm a rapper but because that was my way of venting and expressing myself. So I write a lot! So much that now I have a callous on my finger from holding a pen...Not being able to go somewhere when you want, see your family when you want (on many occasions when you need to), can't use the phone, take a shower, wear clothes, or even eat when you want - super aggravating. Whenever, which is almost everyday I get visits, a lot of kids ask for autographs. It's something that I used to do almost everyday but now it actually feels weird, I really feel like an inmate...Everyone in prison isn't innocent but everyone in prison isn't guilty. So whether you end up here on purpose or by accident, the pain you're feeling is still the same. And I can quote a lot 'gangsters' by saying that 'I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.'" (Global Grind)

Papoose's overall buzz began to pick up around 2005.

His 1st hit record "Charades" he spoke about the unfair tactics of the hip hop police. This record went in rotation at Hot 97 in New York City and many other stations around the globe. His Internet following is tremendous and he has the same amount of downloads as most platinum artist. Papoose's music captures audiences with its intelligent wordplay, stunning metaphors and cunning street knowledge while still carrying a message. At this time, a bidding war has ignited and a record deal will be an option rather than a question. Papoose is the future. (Rap Network)

No further information on the prison slashing has been released.

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