When it comes to rappers with longevity in the hip-hop game, Papoose is definitely on that list. For the past 20 years, the rapper has made major moves in order to stay relevant in this ever-changing industry.
From being consistent with music, to bum-rushing his way onto stages, to showcasing his personal life on national TV, all the while maintaining a healthy marriage, Pap is the pure example of being an artist who can have it all. Here’s how Pap has made sure his name has stayed ringing in fans’ ears for over 20 years.
Papoose has been on the hip-hop scene since 1998, but it wasn’t until his feature on Busta Rhymes’ “Touch It” remix in 2006, that he rose to fame. Since then, he’s released multiple mixtapes, making sure his name stayed in the streets.
His 2013 debut album, The Nacirema Dream (American spelled backwards) debuted at number 97 on the U.S. Billboard 200. Two years later, he dropped his 2015 sophomore album, You Can’t Stop Destiny, and now he’s expected up to release his third album, Underrated, on Jan. 18, 2019.
On June 2, 2013, Papoose “crashed” the stage at Hot 97’s Summer Jam during Kendrick Lamar’s set.
He quickly became the laughing stock of the night, when fans thought he ran on stage without an invitation. But it was later revealed that K Dot put Papoose on his guest list. After Kendrick’s performance, he gave the mic to Pap who then performed “Get at Me,” a single from his debut album.
After this stunt, Pap would soon become a household name.
The Hip-Hop Hubby
We all know that Pap is married to rapper Remy Ma. In 2008, the two were supposed to get married on a yacht, but Remy’s legal issues blocked that, and she was sent to prison. That didn’t stop Pap from marrying the love of his life, though. The couple wed inside a courtroom.
After Remy’s release in 2014, the couple were approached to join Love & Hip Hop: New York, and for the past three seasons, they’ve displayed nothing but the epitome of black love.
Rappers are known for displaying tough exteriors, but when it comes to the love Pap has for his wife, he lets it shine. He’s held her down during her entire time in prison and continues to do so. The couple are now expecting a baby soon. They are the true definition of a hip-hop power couple.