Apr 16, 2014
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Posts tagged: Popcaan

One New Friend: Popcaan Links With OVO For “Unruly Rave” Video

Words by Emily Shapiro


Popcaan has become dancehall’s ruler of the summer in the past few years. In 2011, there was “Ravin” (on the aptly titled Summer Time riddim) followed by the smash hit, “Party Shot.” Last year it was “When Mi Party,” on the Summer Wave riddim. And now, this June, he’s given us “Unruly Rave.” Shot in Toronto and directed by Niko of Drake’s record label October’s Very Own (OVO), the song’s new video reads more like a hip-hop clip than your usual yardie dancehall scene. It’s shot in a club, rather than on the streets of JA, and, while the women are scantily clad, they’re dressed in skirts and drinking champagne rather than head topping in a bashment.

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Toppa Top 10: Kanye West’s Most Jamaican Moments

Words by Richard “Treats” Dryden and Jesse Serwer—


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Mixtape Mondays: DJ Arems x Popcaan, DJ Kiki, Safari Sound

Words by Deejay Theory –

Popcaan LUYowww! Welcome back to another unruly edition of Mixtape Mondays. Crazy new thing this week from one of our top-rated deejays and artists, along with some essential rewinds and certified customs moving from Vancouver to Jamaica, and the Netherlands to Sweden. Press play quick quick quick quick quick.

DJ Arems, Best of Popcaan: Trailer load a badness right here from the big homie and my fellow Faction Sound Crew member DJ Arems. Repping Vancouver to the fullest, Arems comes correct and then some with every mixtape, proving Vancity is firmly on the map in the dancehall department. On that very note, the unruly boss Popcaan touched the stage in Vancouver last night, which considering he doesn’t hold a US visa at the moment was somewhat of a big deal. In honor of the occasion Arems built this wicked ‘best of’ mixed CD with a slew of favorite picks from the artiste of course, with some exclusive Faction dubplates, accompanied by sick throwback cover art from the one Rhek. You already know Poppy’s rocking that LargeUp x Rockers NYC tee as well to keep it official. Run this and start an immediate rave in your office, kitchen, backyard, car, etc. Stream below, tracklist and download here:

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We Dance Reggae: Get To Know Blacka Di Danca

Words by Emily Shapiro—


If you don’t know Blacka di Danca, it’s about time you did. Not only is he a touring dancer with New Kingston and Collie Buddz, but a young, talented and incredibly positive dude who brings fiyah to any dance floor he touches.

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Check It Deeply: Major Lazer’s “Bubble Butt” Video

Words by Jesse Serwer—


Sir Mix-A-Lot’s 1992 single “Baby Got Back” is many things—a song everyone still knows the lyrics to, more than 20 years later; one of the biggest rap hits of its era—but its most notable legacy is a cultural one. The brown girls/big booties vs. white girls/flat asses debate has probably been discussed behind closed doors for as long as African and European people have been living side by side. But the Seattle MC’s homage to bubble butts brought discussion of the relationship between race and derriere proportions out into the open, and the mainstream. Not only did Mix-A-Lot’s tribute challenge social norms (“I’m tired of magazines! Sayin’ flat butts are the thing!”) when it comes to women, race and body type— you could convincingly argue that it altered them.

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Interpretive Dancehall: Puma Dance Dictionary x Dre Skull x Popcaan


In dancehall, there is a dance for pretty much every word, action and emotion in existence. You’ve got “difficult,” “sufferer,” “confused,” even “shovel.” One could probably speak in full sentences using only party dances. Puma has launched a creative ad campaign for their Sync fragrance line called “Dance Dictionary” that is something like that, minus the Jamaican party dances. You can visit their website, www.pumadancedictionary.com, to see how folks like Dancehall Funk instructor (and choreographer of French Montana ‘s “Freaks” video) Dionne Renee and Brooklyn flexer Storyboard P use popping, waving, gliding, twerking and the like to communicate a variety of messages.

And they haven’t stopped at simple phrases. Puma has collaborated with Mixpak Records to bring us a super dope interpretation of producer Dre Skull‘s new single “First Time” featuring the entrancing vocals of Purity Ring’s Megan James and Popcaan. The song is not your typical dancehall track so it’s fitting that, in the video, the dancers (including Ms. Renee and Storyboard P) are fully clothed and keep their legs firmly planted on the ground. We think the collaboration is a good look for all and it’s got us thinking about some other songs we’d like to see put through the dictionary. Check out the video below:

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