Every year, Papoose takes to wax to pay his respects to many of those who transitioned before the arrival of the year. Last week, the New York emcee carried on tradition with “Obituary 2020,” which sees him rapping about both celebrated creatives — including Kobe Bryant, Chadwick Boseman, King Von, Pop Smoke, and more — and personal loved ones over production that flips New Edition’s 80’s classic “Can You Stand The Rain”:
“Take these bars and play ’em in the cemetary, that was a frightening year kinda scary, happy New Year I hope your Christmas was merry, this is the 2020 Obituary…/”
In addition to “Obituary 2020,” last year also saw Papoose bless his fans with his latest body of work Endangered Species, which boasted 12 tracks and additional features from French Montana, Conway The Machine, Nigel Hall, and DJ Premier. He could also be heard on tracks like Sean T’s “MOM,” Nino Man’s “What I Need (Remix),” Kaflow Kaboom’s “Officer Friendly,” John Star Icon’s “Hood Tours,” The Shark, Balistic Man, and 80 Empire’s “Kf Money (Remix),” and St. Laz’s “Party out in Brooklyn.”
“We’re doing the best we can. We’re trying to benefit from the pandemic because we’re stuck in the house together so much, we eat together at the dinner table. Pandemic to a certain extent — even though so many people died and it was sad — it was a blessing in disguise. You get to know you’re loved ones better. We take it one day at a time. We enjoy each other as much as we can — making the best out of it.”
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