Popcaan’s debut album, Where We Come From, is out now on Mixpak!
Executive produced by Dre Skull and featuring productions from Dre Skull, Dubbel Dutch, Jamie Roberts, Anju Blaxx and Adde Instrumentals, Popcaan’s first full length offering sees his signature melodies and uplifting tones on thirteen original tracks.
“Unruly Boss” Popcaan graces one of the three covers for FADER‘s June/July 2014 Summer Music issue, along with British soul crooner Sam Smith and L.A. singer/rapper Ty Dolla $ign.
The dancehall artist gives FADER’s Jesse Serwer a peek into his roots with a trip to Hayfield, a rural village in Jamaica’s Saint Thomas parish, two hours away from Kingston.
As musicologist Wayne Marshall writes in his essay on the album:
“Where We Come From” gives voice, as the best reggae does, to the contradictions of life in a society rife with inequities and yet so rich. Whether odes to the ghetto or the good life, Popcaan’s lyrics bring realist portraits and utopian visions into dynamic tension. Songs about struggle and sex and happiness occupy the same space because they do. And whatever the topic, Popcaan’s infectious positivity comes through.”
“Popcaan is something of an unlikely hero in the world of dancehall,” writes National Public Radio’s Natalie Wiener of the Jamaican star, whose debut album got a big boost from America’s offiicial government broadcast.
“He grew up in the Jamaican projects without becoming a hard-edged “rude boy.”
He’s neither crooner nor spitfire MC — instead, he stands happily between those extremes. The deejay’s debut album, Where We Come From, is equal parts dance-floor anthems and “conscious” tunes about Jamaican life, unified by breezy, fresh production from Brooklyn’s Dre Skull.
He’s known to family and fans alike as the “Unruly Boss,” not so much for bad behavior as for a fierce independent streak, manifest in his idiosyncratic vernacular, style and music.
At just 25 years old, Popcaan has the future of dancehall on his shoulders, as he picks up the mantle from mentor Vybz Kartel.
Kartel, who is now spending a life sentence in prison for the 2011 murder of Clive “Lizard” Williams, put Popcaan on the map with their 2010 collaboration, “Clarks.”
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