Popcaan joined the Mixpak family at the end of 2011, with his first Dre Skull produced single, ‘Get Gyal Easy’ dropping on January 3rd this year (and the remixes dropping on Feb 28th). Once Vybz Kartel’s protege, he is now Jamaica’s fastest rising star, landing in the international arena on the already classic ‘Clarks’. Following that, and a string of hits from the party anthem ‘Raving’ to the biggest cut on the Lost Angel riddim, ‘Only Man She Want’ and of course ‘Clean’, Popcaan is now riding high. We caught up with him quickly on the phone from his studio in Jamaica to ask him about how he got involved in the Gaza camp and how many pairs of Clarks he really owns.
Where did you grow up?
Well I was born in St Thomas and went to high school in St Thomas, and then I started to live in Portmore, and that’s when I started doing music.
Were your family musical?
Well not really, my family was more like church people. We used to go to church at a tender age, and I learnt to play keyboard there. I was really the one who was into music in my family.
So how did you make the move from performing in church to becoming a dancehall deejay?
I deejayed in church, I did some dancehall songs. People always liked to hear a new tune in church or on the street.