Papoose performs during 50 Years Of Hip Hop at the 40 / 40 Club on April 13, 2023 in New York City.
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Add These Essential Papoose Tracks to Your Music Library ASAP

New York City native Papoose is a talented rapper who is no rookie to the rap game. Read on for seven Papoose songs to add to your playlist.


Oct. 11 2023, Published 4:58 p.m. ET

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Papoose has one of those voices that commands attention.

Throughout the late 90s and beyond, he hustled to make a name for himself in the industry. His career kicked off after he graced Kool G Rap's 1998 album, "Roots of Evil." The feature set the stage for the years that followed.

In the early 2000s, Papoose took his success into his own hands. He independently produced and distributed his mixtapes, which was a testament to his entrepreneurial spirit.

His tenacity and raw talent quickly garnered attention, and soon, he became a force to be reckoned with on the hip-hop scene. Over the years, the NYC rapper — born Shamele Mackie — has released some impressive tracks. Below are some songs that every hip-hop head should have on their playlist.

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"Alphabetical Slaughter"

If you're looking to kick off your Papoose playlist with a bang, "Alphabetical Slaughter" is the track to begin with. This lyrical masterpiece showcases Papoose's exceptional wordplay. In fact, he seamlessly raps through the entire alphabet.

Hip-hop heads would agree that "Alphabetical Slaughter" is not just a song; it's an impressive and careful feat of linguistic dexterity that will leave you in awe.

"Born to Win"

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Papoose often delves into his personal experiences and delivers motivational gems through clever rhymes and wordplay.

"Born to Win" is one of those songs that reminds us — that no matter the obstacles, we have the power to rise above. It's a track that resonates deeply, especially during challenging times.

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"Mother Ghetto"

"Mother Ghetto" was a track from Papoose's debut album, Nacirema Dream, which showcased his raw and unapologetic storytelling abilities. He delves into the struggles of life in the projects and paints vivid pictures with his words. The song paints a vivid picture of the nitty gritty streets of Brooklyn, where the rapper grew up.

Papoose Feat. Lil Wayne "Thought I Was Gonna Stop" (Official Video)

We just had to add this Lil Wayne feature to the mix! Almost two years ago, Wayne and Papoose joined creative forces on this catchy track, with its heavy-hitting background baritone and catchy rhythm. The two definitely brought lyricism and a strong pen game to the mix.

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"Hold the City Down"

''Hold the City Down" is an anthem for New York City. Like most rappers from New York, Papoose wanted to pay homage to his hometown while reflecting on its challenges. The track's infectious energy and hometown pride make it a perfect fit for your playlist whether you're from NYC or not.


Papoose always has a unique way of choosing beats that are both intriguing and compelling to listen to. In "Sharades," he expresses his lyrical prowess while also pointing out his talent as one of New York's best to ever do it. The track, which samples "This Is It" by Kenny Loggins, is one of a kind and definitely worth a listen.

"Across the Track"

"Across the Track" is another storytelling masterpiece by Papoose.

Papoose takes listeners on a journey through the life of a young man caught up in street life. The narrative is one that many can relate to. Needless to say, this track is a standout choice for your playlist.

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