We’re happy to announce that Popcaan is on the cover of The Fader’s summer issue! Here’s a snippet from the story, written by Jesse Serwer:
“For any number of reasons, Popcaan appears to be the artist best suited to pick up the mantle and lead dancehall to its future. For one thing, there’s the consistent quality of the hits he’s churned out over the last four years: the hopeful “Dream,” the summer party soundtracks “Ravin’” and “Party Shot,” the astute social commentary of “The System.” But even more importantly, there’s something fresh-faced about his approach, as if he’s learned from the mistakes of his forebears. Though he’s not lacking in street cred or self-confidence, he’s got a friendly, boy-next-door quality that stands in stark contrast to the generation of badman dancehall stars before him—guys like Kartel, Mavado and Aidonia, whose lyrical aggression and personal carriage insist that you keep your distance. It’s also in contrast to Tommy Lee Sparta and Alkaline, fellow Kartel acolytes who represent Popcaan’s closest competition among young dancehall acts, but whose shock tactic-driven popularity feels more calculated and fleeting (Tommy Lee Sparta is famous for using satanic imagery in his songs; Alkaline’s celebrity has grown partly on account of him tattooing his eyeballs). Whether Popcaan is howling over his favorite new words (lately he’s taken to addressing people—friend, foe or otherwise—as cock coob, a Popcaan-ization of “hen coop” that amuses him to no end) or watching Shrek movies on the couch of his manager’s apartment, the time I spend around Popcaan feels more like hanging out with a big kid than trailing the man-of-the-moment in one of music’s most cutthroat genres.”
You know this year has been a good year for Popcaan, and it’s only about to get better into 2014. While we gear up to release his debut album, find out what he’s thankful for over at The Fader.
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[Photo by Martei Korley]
It’s all go on the Popcaan news front – the video for ‘The System’ dropped just last week, followed by a medley video, a much deserved Gen F feature on The Fader, and now a new tune produced by TJ set for release next Tuesday. ‘Poppy Says’ on the Looking Glass riddim sees Hot Skull go in for the fast-flow & a serious falsetto.
Jubilee dropped a mix for The Fader yesterday:
Here we have 43 minutes of non-stop party rock showcasing her Miami bass and breaks influences, manifest in two tracks from her new EP, Pop It!. Both “Overtown” and the EP’s title track conjure the sweaty, strobe-lit spaces where Jubilee reigns supreme with sassy vocal samples and unrelenting breakbeats.