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Birth name Andre Jay Sutherland
Also known as Popcaan
Born (1988-07-15) 15 July 1988 (age 26)[1]
St Thomas, Jamaica
Origin Portmore, Jamaica
Genres Dancehall, Reggae fusion
Occupations Deejay, songwriter, lyricist
Years active 2007–present
Associated acts Vanessa Bling, Shawn Storm, Tommy Lee Sparta
Website www.popcaanmusic.com

Andre Jay Sutherland (born 15 July 1988), better known by his stagename Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall artist.

Early life[edit]

"A man has to know what kind of decision to make in life. So me choose music. But nuff of my friends lose their life living other lives. We just use those things as an example. Can't make the same mistake as my friends made."

–Popcaan explains.[2]


2007–2009: Career beginnings[edit]

In 2007 Popcaan approached Vybz Kartel at a local jam called 'My Scheme' where he recruited the young deejay to his Portmore Empire—becoming both a producer and mentor. Besides showing Poppy the ropes of the music game, Kartel took him on major shows like Sting and Reggae Sumfest.

Popcaan began making music for Adidjaheim Productions with then in-house producer NotNice, the first person to voice him professionally. He got off to a strong start with "Gal Wine" on the Gal Farm riddim, following up with hits including "It Nuh Work So," “Jah Jah Protect Me," “Gangsta City," “Dream," "Gangsta City Part Second," and "Hot Grabba.”


Popcaan then recorded "Clarks".[3] Although he played more of a supporting role on "Clarks"—a song whose international success caused a worldwide spike in sales of the British shoe


Since the summer of 2011 Popcaan has released a number of songs such as "Ravin" followed by "Party Shot" on T.J. Records' Smudge Riddim and "Only Man She Want".

In 2011, Popcaan received the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for 'Best New Artist', and 'Collaboration of the Year' for "Clarks" with Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim, the song also winning the award for 'Song of the Year – Dancehall'.[4]

2012 – present[edit]

At the end January 2012 Popcaan released a new mixtape, Chromatic presents Yiy Change—the follow-up to his classic 2010 mixtape Hot Skull, Fry Yiy, Boil Brainz. In March "Only Man She Want" gave Popcaan his first Billboard entry at No. 89 on Billboard's R&B/Hip Hop Charts. The song was later officially remixed by rapper Busta Rhymes. Popcaan was also featured in the newspaper 'The New York Times' speaking to the growing impact of 'Only Man She Want'.[5]

At the Youth View Awards, Popcaan stepped away with three awards: ‘Favourite Summer Song’ and ‘Local Chart topping song of the year’ for “Ravin”, and of course, ‘Young, Hot and Hype Male.’[6]

The artist has been doing extensive touring including his first solo European tour, his Canadian tour, as well as the Caribbean and South American region. While in Canada Popcaan made links with Canadian rapper Drake.

Busy in studio with producers like ZJ Chrome, TJ Records, UIM and Young Vibes, Popcaan has released more smash songs with "Fry Yiy", "Badmind a Kill Dem", "She A Gwaan Good", "Coolie Gal", "The System" and "Diss Mi Friend".[citation needed]

Popcaan's debut album, Where We Come From, was released on Mixpak Records on 10 June 2014. The project was executive-produced by Dre Skull. The first single from the album, "Everything Nice", was produced by Dubbel Dutch and released on 1 October 2013.[7][8] It entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 2.[7]

In June 2014, Popcaan first appeared on the cover of The Fader in its 92nd issue.[9] He featured on Melissa Steel's "Kisses for Breakfast" single, which was a top ten hit in the UK in August 2014.[10][11]

In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category.[12]



  • Where We Come From (2014), Mixpak

Music videos[edit]

Song Year Director
Dream 2010 Roadblock Films
Clean 2012 Roadblock Films
Only Man She Want 2011 Roadblock Films
Party Shot 2012 Mykal Cushnie
Fry Yiy (viral video) 2012 Roadblock Films
The System 2012 Dayo
Girls Medley 2012 Jay Will
Unruly Rave 2013 Niko
So We Do It 2013 Andy Capper
Violate (ft. Samini) 2014 Highgrade Music


  1. ^ "Popcaan Biography". RRR Music. 
  2. ^ Popcaan Music. Popcaanmusic.blogspot.com. Retrieved on July 15, 2013.
  3. ^ "Official Video Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan &Gaza Slim – Clarks", Dancehall Madness, 30 March 2010
  4. ^ "Kartel takes home four awards", Jamaica Observer, 13 March 2011, retrieved 10 June 2011
  5. ^ Caramaninca, Jon (13 April 2012) achata Royalty, Long-Haul Rapper, Australian Brats. New York Times
  6. ^ Popcaan, Tifa win big at YVAs – Entertainment – Jamaica Star – February 7, 2012. Jamaica Star (7 February 2012). Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ a b Jackson, Kevin (2014) "A New Day for Popcaan", Jamaica Observer, 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014
  8. ^ Popcaan – Everything Nice Out Now! mixpakrecords.com. 1 October 2013]
  9. ^ "Cover Story: Popcaan Is Making Dancehall Nice Again". The FADER. The FADER. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 40 – 9th August 2014", Official Charts Company, 3 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014
  11. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Loving 'Popcaan's breakfast in Britain", Jamaica Observer, 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014
  12. ^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "5 For MOBO Reggae", Jamaica Observer, 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014

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