The alleged longtime rift between the two Dancehall entertainers came to an end on Thursday night (Sept. 20) after the incarcerated artist’s Instagram account shared a throwback video of him and the “Firm And Strong” deejay.
The clip show Vybz Kartel calling Popcaan at a stage show to perform his first hit song “No Ordinary Girl.”
“tbt [Throwback Thursday] me and Popcaan a f**k up [the place],” Kartel wrote along the footage.
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The “Family” deejay quickly commented on the post before uploading the video to his Instagram account.
“Dawg yo mad enuh” Popcaan wrote.
“Timing Belt,” he added.
Vybz Karetl also commented on his former protege’s post.
“Classic like me Reebok,” the “Worl Boss” deejay wrote.
Dancehall fans, who were sent into a frenzy, used the opportunity to request a collaboration from the two.
“Glad to see Vybz Kartel and Popcaan back on good terms! Dancehall nice again we need a collaboration ASAP,” one user wrote.
“This is what i’m talking about idk why they stopped talking but i’m so happy they are good again,” another added.
This comes ahead of Vybz Kartel’s appeal verdict and one year after Popcaan’s controversial interview with BBC 1XTRA, where the “Stray Dog” deejay said that he was hated by mentor Vybz Kartel due to his mainstream success.
“Dancehall artistes don’t like the ones who are progressive. When you are on a low level, you have the most friends in music. When you going up, you have less friends, and I learnt that a long time ago,” he said.
“Since I have been around Vybz Kartel, a lot of people used to hate Vybz Kartel, but he stayed on top. I learn that lesson from him and that is why he, Vybz Kartel, hates Popcaan today. I will forever be on top … because I learn that from him.”
Following Popcaan’s statement, Shawn Storm, who is co-accused for murder with Kartel, at that time released a diss song called “No Frauds” targeting the “Silence” deejay. A member of the imprisoned deejay’s management team reportedly told the Jamaica STAR that the song was intended to address Popcaan’s alleged disloyalty to Kartel and Storm.
“From Shawn and Vybz Kartel have been incarcerated, I don’t think he has visited them even one time or check with their family. Remember that after everybody left Gaza it was only Popcaan, Gaza Slim, Shawn Storm and Vybz Kartel. Popcaan is acting like they never existed. I want you to please note that this song was recorded long time, but we just decided to release it because it’s timely,” she said, making it clear that Storm hasn’t been recording behind bars.
She said the song is not about war, but rather to remind Popcaan where he is coming from.
To date, Popcaan has never resoponded to Shawn Storm’s diss song.