Paypa Brings ‘Honest’ Music on New Album
With a slew of young, up-and-coming rappers like Drake and Kid Cudi being hailed as hip-hop's "new class," Chicago native Paypa (aka Marcus Moody) is well aware that industry competition is fierce. "As a new artist... Everybody automatically compares you to the last hottest artist that was up before you," he told the Boombox staff during a recent visit to the New York office. "I get a lot of comparisons to Drake. I'd like to do a record with him just to show how much I don't sound like him."
Armed with an infectiously positive attitude and an irreverent sense of humor, Paypa is determined to show the rap world that he has his own unique style. "I'm comfortable in my own skin," he revealed. "A lot of people want to be what other people want them to be, they're afraid to be themselves. My music is very honest and very real. I'm talking about my everyday life."
Paypa's openness and everyday honesty has actually raised some eyebrows with more politically-correct listeners, thanks to his club-banging single with Game and Jim Jones, 'I Am Bitches.' The young rapper insists that the expression is local slang, not meant to be derogatory. "It's actually just lingo that was in my crew. They talk like that in Baltimore. It's just a new word for swagger," he explained. "My necklace, my waves is bitches. My whole personality is just bitches, baby! [laughs]"
Paypa, 'I Am Bitches'
Whatever you think of the hook, there's no denying Paypa's talent as an emcee, as he holds his own alongside the track's featured hip-hop powerhouses. The young rapper's love for music is palpable--a passion that was passed on from his parents.
"They listened to a lot of music. I had no choice but to listen to a lot of music," he shared. An interesting revelation given his parents' Navy background and tough-love discipline. "They were strict," continued Paypa. "Wake up in the morning, as soon as your feet hit the floor your bed has to be made, clean the room." It may not have been the type of household where you'd expect to see a child being forced to listen to Marvin Gaye and Al Green, but for Paypa it was life as usual. "You'd do that regularly, but then you go to your friend's house and you think, 'This is not regular.'"
Fortunately, Paypa's music-filled upbringing helped him get where he is today: touting a mixtape, 'Tunnel Vision,' and prepping a debut full-length album, 'Feel Good Music.' Paypa is an artist with big aspirations and the talent to back it up--be sure to keep an eye out.
Paypa, 'Never Be Broke'
Paypa stops by the Boombox offices in New York City.
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