Oct 25, 2014
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Posts tagged: Popcaan

Mixtape Mondays: Dubbel Dutch, Jus’ Now, So Shifty, Tropkillaz

Words by Deejay Theory 

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Some mammoth tropical explosions on deck this week at Mixtape Mondays with big energy, bass and vibes bussing from every corner. Summer going up! up! up!

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Seen: Popcaan Covers The Fader

Words by Natalie Weiner—F92_COVERS_FINAL-Popcaan

Vybz Kartel asked, What a gwaan, Popcaan? in “Clarks,” the song that basically put the young dancehall singer on the musical map—and now, it’s clear that the answer is big, big things. Popcaan’s been preparing to drop his debut full-length Where We Come From all spring, with dancefloor-ready tracks and cameo-filled videos. Now, ahead of next week’s release, the Unruly Boss has scored his first cover story over at The Fader, written by LargeUp editor Jesse Serwer and shot by photographer-turned-film-director Andrew Dosunmu in Kingston and Saint Thomas, Jamaica.

LargeUp has been on board with Popcaan since the start—in addition to frequent Popskull spotlights on LargeUp, Serwer gave him one of his first interviews in a story on “Clarks” for the (U.K.) Guardian, and then two years later, collaborated with LargeUp Creative Director Martei Korley on the deejay’s first U.S. magazine feature, also in The Fader.

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AUDIO: Popcaan — “Love Yuh Bad”

Words by Natalie Weiner—Popcaan LargeUp

Another day, another new tune from dancehall crooner Popcaan, who’s steady promoting his forthcoming project Where We Come From, out June 10th. “Love Yuh Bad,” the album’s second single, is something of a return to form for the unruly boss—a “love”/lust-themed, party-ready anthem, though the stripped down production (courtesy of Mixpak’s Dre Skull) is actually pretty in line with that of the first single, “Everything Nice.” Both tracks share a fresh, modern aesthetic that, at least according to Miss Info (and she should know, right?), “could impact top 40 stations if worked properly.” At the very least, with these big tunes he’s definitely living up to his title as one of 2014’s most important dancehall acts.

The lyrics video is an interesting touch—if you’re not from the Caribbean, and the nuances of your favorite dancehall singer’s patois sometimes evade you, prepare yourself for an education. Popcaan is definitely not mincing words on this one, going from the club, to the bedroom, to the alter, and back again in his “inimitably hyper-sexual style.”

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AUDIO: Popcaan Keeps it Clean on “V.S.O.P”

Words by Deejay Theory —

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Another smooth tune from our chargie Popcaan, one that’s best enjoyed neat in a snifter for sipping rather than shots in a party cup. The song mirrors a similar feeling to that of his still-bubbling anthem “Everything Nice” — which recently saw a large remix featuring Mavado — keeping the melancholic vibes at the front with no need to rush the ting. Already receiving forwards in Jamaica, this will no doubt become another big summertime single from the unruly boss, a key player in our recent roundup of reasons why dancehall nuh dead. Very special indeed…

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Dancehall Nuh Dead: Ten Dancehall Acts That Matter Right Now

Words by LargeUp Crew—

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Viral Video Watch: Lucas Dipasquale’s Acoustic Popcaan Mashup

Words by DJ Autograph

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Our friend Mamachel was the first person to put us on to this clip of Lucas Dipasquale doing a medley of Popcaan songs. A few days later, and it’s already up to 35,000+ views on Youtube, been played on Zip FM in Jamaica, and scored a co-sign from Popcaan himself.

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