Popcaan did not turn up for his team at this year’s staging of Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta due to visa issues.
Sources close to the Jamaican artist told Hype Life Magazine that the Popcaan’s travel documents weren’t ready resulting in the cancellation of his performance.
He was slated to perform at 787 Windsor in Atlanta, Georgia for the Redbull Culture Clash. However, he pulled out last minute due to circumstances beyond his control.
Just hours before the event, the “World Cup” deejay announced via social media that he will not be making his debut performance in the United States.
“It is with deep regret that we have to announce that Popcaan is unable to participate with Unruly at this year’s Red Bull Culture Clash in Atlanta,” the statement reads from his Instagram.
“Due to circumstances out of our control and despite everyone’s best efforts, travel documents were unable to be processed in time for the clash. We prepared rigorously as a team for this event and were prepared for a serious clash with Popcaan as the team leader. We are fully aware without the presence of Unruly’s boss Popcaan things will be vastly different; but we are UNRULY and are 100% dedicated to representing for our culture, our country, Popcaan and Red Bull.”
Popcaan also thanked his supporters and assured them that he will put on a special performance for them when he gets his travel document issues resolved.
“Popcaan ends his blessings and love to his fans, the city of Atlanta, and hopes to see you soon. We promise to give you a special performance in the near future. Thanks for the support of Unruly and Popcaan.”
Despite Popcaan’s absence, his team Unruly claimed the crown at Red Bull Culture Clash competition.
Unruly crew did the absent Popcaan proud as they energized a crowd that awaited the unrealized arrival of the Jamaican hitmaker’s first stateside performance.
Mike WiLL Made-It’s EarDrummers Crew fought hard bringing out a slew of special guests, including Pusha T, Ludacris, Junior Reid and stacks of bills, but it just wasn’t enough to take down Unruly.
Unruly had to overcome strong competition in Disturbing London, featuring Tinie Tempah; Enjoy Life ft. Woqdagurl; and EarDrummers. Mike WiLL’s hometown crew kept things close, winning the second round, with the help of Pusha T and OJ Da Juiceman, and coming within a decibel of Unruly in the fourth round. But Unruly had the crowd hyped all night.
Despite a playfully divisive energy, Unruly’s end goal was achieved, proof that Dancehall’s evergrowing presence, similar to its Hip-Hop counterpart, has achieved the undeniable feat of translating virtually anywhere.
“Dancehall, Reggae, Hip-Hop is black culture,” was Unruly’s message before they took to the stage Friday night (August 25).
“It’s just black people unifying and creating music. It’s about sounds. It’s about us enjoying our own individual sounds.
“The same way Dancehall culture is sometimes influenced by Hip-Hop, it’s vice versa. Music is for all of us. None of us own it. Even a different platform, you might say a white platform, it’s exposure of the culture.”
Red Bull Culture Clash was established in 2010 in London and over the past few years the event has developed into one of the biggest music events on the calendar. This was the first time Culture Clash has been held in Atlanta.
Based on the Jamaican sound clashes, which have roots in the 1950s, Culture Clash pits four crews against each other. Each crew occupies its own stage, and over four rounds they compete for the crowd approval.
The crowd decides the winner, based on a decibel meter.