New York rapper Papoose is returning to the underground circuit with a new project called The 2nd Coming that he considers a resurgence back into the music spotlight.
Pap promised the mixtape is a teaser to his forthcoming and long-awaited debut album.
“The reason why I called the mixtape The 2nd Coming is because when I first came in the scene, I shook the ground, I had the whole industry petrified, I took a million-plus. This time I’m coming back, it’s going to be even worse. Y’all know what I did before. See what I did; now, round two…I feel like l’m more mature now and I got a lot more to offer the game than what I had back then. So I’m glad my album didn’t come. Now with my album coming out, I think I’m well-prepared. This mixtape will really show a first-time listener what hip-hop represents.” (MTV)
In late 2009, DJ Kay Slay promised fans would finally get Pap’s debut album.
“You’re all going to hear something next year,” Slay promised in a November 2009 interview. “We have way more than enough songs; we just haven’t found the right situation. We thought we had the right situation, but there were stupid motherf*ckas in positions that didn’t know how to work with an artist like that — so there [were] creative control conflicts, because I was like, ‘We ain’t doing that! This ain’t why y’all brought us up here.’ You see, that’s what happens: When they get you, then you have some other n*ggas with some big-brained scheme, and then I’ll ask a motherf*cker, ‘When is the last time you been to Brooklyn? What record is Papoose most known for? Where’s he performing at this week?’ They don’t know nothing about him, but they have all these d*ckhead ideas… And that’s the reason why sh*t wasn’t working.” (iHipHop)
Kay Slay previously said he felt the current record label giants were catering more toward a Southern fanbase and big name artists which would bypass Pap.
“He’s grindin’, you know, he’s just putting everything back in order,” Slay said about Papoose. “He’s in a different frame of mind now. We recorded a whole lot of records. Putting an album out ain’t a problem, it’s about putting an album out through a right situation. I think [Papoose would] rather [prefer] an independent than a major. It really don’t make no sense to do a major in this time in age…Papoose would do better on an independent right now because majors are really geared towards Southern artists or high profile artists that’s been known for selling records. They don’t wanna gamble too much with no new artists.” (XXL Mag)
In 2009, Papoose said he would no longer blame his album delay on the record labels.
“I just been taking care of every day life,” Pap explained in an interview. “I’ve been putting in that work, laying in the cut, making the right decisions…I’m coming with my album, The Nacirema Dream next year. I’m not sitting around like these n*ggas is doing and crying about these labels and all that. I got a master plan I’m about to put into effect next year, so n*ggas is gonna really see how it’s gonna go down with my album. You like it or love it, if you f*ck with me, cop it. And to keep it real with you, the feedback I get from the haters, the people that don’t like me, the only thing they say is ‘Yo, the n*gga ain’t dropped the album yet.’ So what they gonna say when I drop it, man? So next year, the album coming. I’ve been working.” (Hip Hop Beef)
In summer 2006, Papoose signed a reported $1.5 million deal with Jive Records. A year later, Papoose and Jive split ways.
Check out a past Papoose interview down below: