Fireside Chat


60 minsFirst aired 20 Jun 2019
Courtesy of Popcaan

The charismatic Jamaican deejay and Unruly cohort shares his story, from his dancehall roots to global pop stardom.

As part of his own Unruly camp and the NY-based Mixpak crew, deejay/singer Popcaan has risen to prominence in Jamaica and the US, merging his high-pitched and delicate vocal style into major pop and R&B collaborations. After being mentored by Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire, and getting featured on the breakthrough 2010 single “Clarks,” Popcaan signed with Mixpak and released his debut album, Where We Come From, in 2014. Executive produced by Dre Skull, the album helped catapult Popcaan into the US pop consciousness, and collaborations with Drake, Pusha T, AlunaGeorge, Jamie xx and Gorillaz followed. Mixpak released his latest album, Forever, in 2018, further pushing his style forward. Popcaan’s unruly-yet-uplifting chat has becoming his signature, establishing him as dancehall’s new superstar.


Interview by Mark “Frosty” McNeill
Written and engineered by Samuel Reinhard
Produced by Carmen Hofmann and Jordan Rothlein

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