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Shamele Mackie (born December 31, 1978 in Brooklyn, New York), better known by his stage name Papoose, is an American rapper and actor signed to DJ Kayslay’s Streetsweepers Entertainment. Raised in the notorious Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, he made his first attempts at being a rapper at the young age of 11, and he made his first recorded appearance on Kool G Rap’s Roots of Evil album in 1998. Since then he has released 22 mixtapes to huge underground success. In 2008, he issued a statement saying that he and fellow rapper Remy Ma were to be married, but due to her impending jail sentence of potentially up to 25 years, they had changed their plans and intend to marry in prison instead. The prison wedding was called off after he attempted to smuggle a handcuffs key into prison on their wedding day in May 2008. After the incident, Papoose married Remy Ma the next day inside the courtroom right before sentencing and was barred from visiting her for six months.

He was given the name Papoose by his grandmother because of his childhood resemblance to an American Indian child. Inspired by rap legends Rakim, Kool G Rap and Big Daddy Kane, he has been well respected on the underground hip-hop circuit for a long period of time now.

In early 2006, his StreetSweepers crew linked up with Busta Rhymes’ Flipmode Inkprint to co-executive produce Papoose’s first official album. On August 24, 2006, his official website officially announced that he signed with Jive Records, a deal which, according to his management’s official website was worth $1.5 million.


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  • ELEMENT1111100

    king of new york

    28 Jun 12:57am Reply
  • piccochimusic

    [New] Papoose ft Jadakiss & Jim Jones - 6AM (Video)

    7 Mar 2:12am Reply
  • Pisstolet

    not feeling his album, i like his mixtapes better. i might give it another shot doe

    16 Feb 2:52pm Reply

    Hoodie Season is fire (except for that DJ guy talking over shit . . .never used to have that on his mixtapes )

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • VeX08 Papoose freestyling over Eminem "Rap God"

    28 Oct 2013 Reply
  • FrankyRey


    10 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Chingy314

    pap murked all this lame ass niggaz!

    8 Sep 2013 Reply
  • TuNa_DriNk

    Turn It Up <3 ... in my top 3 this year so far

    22 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Illitoris

    native american baby

    6 Jul 2013 Reply
  • mrbenjaminandre


    9 Jun 2013 Reply
  • T-oz_GEO_Shakur

    The best of underrated.

    27 Apr 2013 Reply
  • John__Lemon

    oh SHIT this is hip hop. fuck that jazz shit man lets get some late 90s NY hip hop

    10 Apr 2013 Reply
  • celer2008

    I waited for this album for 7 years and now I'm disappointed. It's because the rest of rap game has moved on and made breaches into other genres (jazz-hop, extra-experimental shit, chillwave rap, etc) against which Nacirema Dream sounds like something that's just... 7 years too late. It's not exactly bad... But it doesn't compare to other stuff out there now.

    7 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ManDirky

    Great album. That's what I wanna hear. Rap. I don't care if some tracks sound dated. Alphabetical Slaughter Part II just buuurrrrnnsss.

    3 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Stillmatic_au

    a disappointing album overall, a few good tracks such as faith and the one with Badu, a few of the other tracks were ok, the others garbage....people usually talk about sleeping on an artist, in this case the arstist has slept on us

    28 Mar 2013 Reply
  • songorocosongo

    where to begin. i was ready to anoint this cat in 2005 (i joined in 2007 but if i had been here earlier i'd have thousands of Papoose scobbles)...if this new Nacirema Dream album had actually dropped back then i might have been inclined to keep it in 24/7 rotation for a good long while like i did with most of his mixtapes from that era. unfortunately though, time happened. its 2013 now and the album we get sounds like something that WAS supposed to drop 8 years ago. it comes off almost as a novelty at this point and as such will probably only get listened to a few times on some nostalgia shit. RIP and god bless though, Pap could still get food, clothing and shelter if he showed up on my doorstep during a zombie apocalypse.

    27 Mar 2013 Reply

    track with Remy is as dumb as expected. Track with Erykah isn't as bad as expected. A to Z is of course fire. In general, it's pretty good. . . .it's just too bad it took this long for it to happen. (no matter how bad you might think this is though, you gotta admit, the record Jive would have put out would have been worse)

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SpitPiff

    Only took 8 years to come out.

    26 Mar 2013 Reply
  • BlackMoon95

    4/10 imo...wack punchlines, too long for a guy like him.he raps in all songs with the same are just average and sounds like 2002-2003, DJ premier''s beat is just ok for a primo beat.for an album announced since 8 years, we could hope better.

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • son-of-hiphop

    Album is dope few whack songs are on it but still dope . Cure is amazing . Z to A pure slaughterin . Track with remy ma is trash !!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
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