Mixpak Interview Series: Popcaan

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.

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Exclusive preview: Popcaan – Get Gyal Easy (prod. Dre Skull)

UPDATE: Buy “Get Gyal Easy” now!

Our first single with bright new Jamaican star Popcaan is dropping tomorrow and it got its first airing today on BBC 1Xtra as part of their Hot 20 for 2012 feature and will continue to run on its playlist from here on in.

After blasting onto the scene in 2010 on the biggest dancehall tune of the year, “Clarks,” Portmore’s Popcaan has since proved himself as one of the most talented up-and-coming vocalists in the genre and now 2012 sees Popskull and Dre Skull teaming up for an emotional gallis anthem, a slow-burning and euphoric bashment tune that showcases Popcaan’s versatile singjay style. Watch for it dropping, head here to watch the BBC interview and be sure to leave us your feedback!

Popcaan – Get Gyal Easy preview by Mixpak

[Artwork by Brian Blomerth]