Papoose & Remy Ma Show Beautiful Black Love Is Bigger Than Love & Hip-Hop (Video)
Papoose and Remy Ma’s romance is the stuff of fairy tales. Their relationship has survived public scrutiny, the music business, an extended prison term for Remy, and perhaps the biggest test of all, a stint on Love & Hip-Hop. Even in the drama-filled world of reality TV, their portrayal generally has been one of a unified front, in which they ride for one another. In February of this year, they launched their own clothing line titled #BlackLove, both symbolic of their relationship and something bigger than them. At the time of its release, Remy said “#BlackLove comes in many different colors; it’s not about race, ethnicity, or nationality. It’s about being able to love and have real love through hardships and adversity. #BlackLove is unconditional, unbreakable, & unashamed—it’s forever.”
Shortly after the release of the clothing line, Papoose released a song titled “Black Love,” featuring Nathaniel. The song follows Remy’s 2014 record of the same name, from her I’m Around mixtape. Her version drew on the lyrics she and Pap used in their show-stopping BET Hip Hop Awards cypher, and re-worked the track from Mase’s “What You Want.” On Papoose’s rendition, he fuses elements of both LL Cool J’s “Around The Way Girl” and A Tribe Called Quest’s “Electric Relaxation,” in a beautiful celebration of Remy. Lyrically, Pap ticks off the many qualities he loves about his wife. Like in LL’s 1990 classic, they are characteristics of woman who is no frills and all the way real. Pap relaxes his trademark menacing flow into a laid-back cool that nestles into the groove of the re-worked sample Tribe used on their Midnight Marauders hit.
In the video, Remy and Papoose are seen just enjoying each other’s company. They frolic in bed, lounge on the couch and watch videos together. They genuinely seem like two people that both like and love each other. It is a powerful symbol of Black Love.