The American rapper, songwriter and mix-tape producer have been in the music scene from 1998 to present day. He is famously recognized for the success of his debut album The Nacirema Dream which he released in 2013. Papoose currently has two studio albums and has featured in some films. All this together has earned him quite a good amount of money, and the numbers keep increasing. This piece looks at the net worth of Papoose in 2020.
Early Life & Biography
Papoose was born as Shamele Mackie on March 5, 1978, in Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are Irene Mackie and Dejanae Mackie. Papoose is of Liberian descent. Very scarce information is known about his family and background.
He developed an interest in music at a very early age and wrote his first rap when he was seven years old.
He proposed to his current wife Remy Ma and stated in May 2008 together with his cousin James Phelps, that he would be marrying Remy Ma. Remy had a pending prison sentence, and therefore the wedding could not take place. She was facing a potential sentence of 15-25 years.
The couple decided to tie the knot in jail and called off the wedding for a day. Papoose allegedly attempted to sneak in a key into the jail on the day of the wedding. After the incident, he married Remy Ma the next day on May 12th, 2008 inside the courtroom before her sentence was passed. He was blocked from visiting her for a period of six months.
Papoose has a daughter named Dejanae Mackie from a previous relationship.
Career, Awards & Nominations
The name Papoose came to public attention after he was featured in Kool G’s rap album, Roots of Evil, in 1998. The consecutive year he released his first single titled Thug Connection. He took a turn and decided to produce and commercialize his mixtapes. He presented one to DJ Kayslay who later invited Papoose on his show on Hot 97 radio. Papoose impressed Kayslay and Kayslay signed him to his Streetsweepers record label.
Papoose carried on to release mixtapes from 2004-2006. On August 24, 2006, Papoose’s website announced that he had signed a $1.5 million deal with Jive Records. However, in September 2007, it was announced that Papoose had parted ways with Jive. After that, he was briefly signed to Flipmode for a few years. He continued releasing mixtapes, keeping his name relevant in the industry.
Papoose released his first studio album in March 26th, 2013 after a long period of waiting. It received positive reviews and debuted at number 97 on the U.S. Billboard 200. His second studio album came in 2015 and was released on July 17. It has also received commendable reviews from music critics.
Papoose holds several awards. He won the Justo Mixtape Award in 2005 for Best Underground Artist. He has been featured in films like Righteous Kill and Love & Hip-hop New York.
Net Worth & Earnings
The net worth of Papoose is currently estimated to be $500 thousand. The source of his wealth is through his record sales from his two studio albums, his contract deal with Jive Records and profits from his mixtapes. He has also done some film appearance which has earned him a not so shabby amount of money.
From grass to grace, Papoose inspires many young people through his lyrics. He raps about the trials and tribulations he went through during his life and in his pursuit of a music career. Things now seem to be looking up for the rising hip-hop star.