The 10 Best Five Fingers Of Death Freestyles
Hearing Sway Calloway introduce his radio show's centerpiece, the "Five Fingers Of Death" challenge, is truly something to behold. Abruptly switching gears from his softer interview tone, he'll adopt an Ali-esque swagger and go off the top to hype up the segment, saying things like, "There ain't no smoke, there's no mirrors, this ain't Hollywood." It's theatrical, yes, but the challenge, which asks rappers to freestyle over five random (and often very eclectic) beats selected by DJ Wonder, is one of the most difficult in the industry.
Fat Joe Reveals Title Of His Joint Album With Remy Ma
Last month, Fat Joe announced that he would be releasing a a joint album with his old Terror Squad partner-in-crime Remy Ma. In an interview on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN's 'Drink Champs' podcast, Joe discussed the album and revealed that it would be called Platas o Plomo. Money or bullets. In other words, if you don't take this bribe... consider your ass capped.
Papoose & Remy Ma Hold Official Wedding Ceremony
Papoose & Remy Ma got married in 2008, at the beginning of Remy's six-year bid for shooting a woman in the abdomen. Remy became a free woman on August 1, 2014, and Thursday night they held an official wedding ceremony in Connecticut. Distinguished guests included Ice-T, Keyshia Cole, JuJu, LHH co-stars Yandy Smith, Cardi B and Bianca, Rich Dollaz, Mona Scott-Young, and Fat Joe. The ceremony will reportedly be airing on an upcoming episode of "Love and Hip Hop" in case you want to witness this historic event.
Remy Ma Shares Thoughts On One Year Anniversary Of Her Release From Prison
It's been a full year since Remy Ma was released Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, where she served a six year sentence. Her time spent away for charges of assault, weapon possession and coercion still weigh heavy on the rapper's mind on the anniversary of her freedom, but thanks to her friends and family, she seems to be in a good place. Remy shared some thoughts on the one year mark on Instagram earlier today.
Stream Papoose's "You Can't Stop Destiny" Album
It took seven years for Papoose to drop his debut album, Nacirema Dream, but two years later, he's already back with the follow-up. You Can't Stop Destiny assembles a who's who of New York's most respected producers, featuring production from Ron Browz, Havoc, DJ Premier, and more. As far as features go, Pap is working with his wife, Remy Ma, as well as Ty Dolla $ign, AG, Maino, Red Cafe, and the always divisive Troy Ave.
Underrated Audio: July 5- July 11
This weekly feature provides you with some of the most-fire yet least-viewed records that we featured on the homepage this past week. Whether they were simply overlooked because the artist name was not familiar, or perhaps they just weren't seen at all, we want to give them a second chance at your iTunes here.
Papoose & Remy Ma To Join Cast Of "Love & Hip-Hop"
Papoose and Remy Ma are finally back together, after Remy's prison stint came to an end last summer. In addition to working on new music individually, the two are making some joint moves. Namely, they've signed up to appear on the sixth season of the reality TV show "Love & Hip-Hop." They announced the new venture on Instagram, as seen below. The VH1 show as seen its fair share of drama (some possibly scripted, some not), so we'll have to see how Remy and Pap play into it. No word on who else will be joining the cast for season six, so stay tuned.
Papoose Announces New Album "You Can't Stop Destiny"
In a press release sent out today, New York veteran Papoose has announced a new album complete with artwork and tracklist. The album, titled, You Can't Stop Destiny, is expected to drop on July 17th.
Top 10 XXL Freshmen Flops
With every XXL Freshman Class, there's bound to be MCs included who will eventually flop-- that's just the nature of trying to predict who will break out in the sea of up-and-coming rappers. Since the magazine began the now-prestigious list back in 2008, we've seen several former Freshmen fall off, so we've selected ten that we feel didn't live up to their potential.
Saigon Reveals Artwork And Tracklist For "GSNT 3"
On September 30th, Saigon will release the third installment of his Greatest Story Never Told series, GSNT 3: The Troubled Times of Brian Carenard. Today, the NY rapper has given us the album's artwork and tracklist. Check out the former in the gallery above, and the latter below.
Remy Ma Confirms She's Been Released From Prison [Update: Remy Ma Spotted In The Studio With DJ Khaled]
While it was initially reported that Remy Ma had been released from prison yesterday, contradictory reports rolled in shortly thereafter. It was said that due to a phonecall violation Ma recently committed (which may or may not have something to do with the interview she did with Angie Martinez last week), she had spent her final week in solitary confinement, and may not be released for another 7 days.
Remy Ma Released From Prison [Update: Reason For Delay Revealed]
Last week Remy Ma gave Angie Martinez over at Power 105.1 a call from prison, revealing she had just ten days to go on her sentence before she was a free woman again.
Papoose Thinks He's Better Than Jay Z, "Definitely" The King Of New York
Papoose has established a renewed presence in the rap game since his awkward Summer Jam performance last year. He's been consistently releasing new music, dissing rappers, and proclaiming his greatness over the last 9 months, and has thus been making headlines.
Saigon Is Making An Independent Film Starring Papoose & Omar Epps
You read it right, folks. Brian Daniel Carenard, AKA New York emcee Saigon, is in the process of shooting an independent "mini-movie" titled SP, starring Omar Epps and fellow NYC spitter Papoose. The Suburban Noize Records / Fort Knocks Ent. artist is excited about the project, to say the least.
Papoose Thinks Kendrick's BET Cypher Verse Was Aimed At Him
There's been a lot of talk about Kendrick's BET Cypher verse, and who it was directed at.
Papoose Explains Why He Dissed Kendrick Lamar In His "Control" Verse
The last time Papoose was in the headlines was when he seemingly rushed the stage at Summer Jam. It was later revealed that Kendrick played a role in bringing him out, something he did out of respect for Pap's support early on in his career.
Papoose Speaks On New York Rap, Summer Jam Incident, & Passing On Kanye West Beats
Papoose caused quite a stir when he seemingly crashed the Summer Jam XX stage earlier this month. One way or another, the incident definitely got people talking about the rapper again, to the point that his name was trending on Twitter. Pap stopped by the Breakfast Club to speak about the incident, as well as the state of New York rap, and how he turned down some beats from Kanye West.
Papoose Accused Of "Rushing" Summer Jam XX Stage, But Had TDE's Support
Many in attendance at Summer Jam XX yesterday were surprised to see NYC emcee Papoose perform a brief two-track set after Kendrick Lamar's exit. Although he was initially accused of "rushing" the stage, it turns out the TDE camp made the appearance happen, as Pap showed Kendrick Lamar support early in his career. The two also collaborated on a track called "Lyrical Gangsta" last year.
Erykah Badu Criticizes Papoose For Use Of Unauthorized Vocal Samples
Papoose's debut album The Nacimera Dream was stuck in developmental hell for nearly eight years until it dropped four days ago. Unfortunately, he's since run into more red tape, this time over unauthorized Erykah Badu vocal samples on his track 'The Cure'. Although there's been no official statement from Badu's camp, the First Lady of Neo-Soul recently took to Twitter to accuse the New York rapper of using her voice without permission:
Cover Art Revealed For Papoose's Debut Album "Nacirema Dream" [Update: Tracklist & Features Revealed]
While Papoose has an extensive mixtape catalog, he has never released a full-length studio album. Fans of the rapper know that it has been long in the making, and as March fast approaches, Papoose is readying his debut album, Nacirema Dream, for release.Today the NY rapper released the cover art along with a manifesto for the LP. In the manifesto he talks about taking the extremely long time he took to release his debut, and explains the album title. Peep both above.