Andrae Hugh Sutherland (born 19 July 1988), known professionally as Popcaan, is a Jamaican deejay, singer and songwriter.

In 2014, Popcaan signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, the critically acclaimed Where We Come From. Popcaan is one of Jamaica's most successful dancehall artists, known for a variety of singles, including "Only Man She Want" (2011), "Love Yuh Bad" (2014) and "Ova Dweet" (2016).

Popcaan has also collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, Jamie XX, Pusha T and Gorillaz.

Early life

Born In Saint Thomas, Jamaica, Sutherland grew up in Portmore, St Catherine. As young as seven years old, Sutherland trained himself as a vocalist and performer and Popcaan continued to follow his musical calling.


2007–10: Early career

In 2007, Popcaan approached Vybz Kartel at a local jam called 'My Scheme' where Kartel recruited the young deejay to his Portmore Empire (music group), becoming both a producer and mentor. Besides showing Popcaan 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,clarks, which he did with Vybz Kartel following up with hits including "It Nuh Work So", "Jah Jah Protect Me", “Gangsta City", "Dream", "Gangsta City Part Second", and "Hot Grabba".

2010–13: Growing popularity

Popcaan's breakthrough came in 2010 with "Clarks", a collaboration with Kartel.[2] The song achieved international success,[not in citation given] causing a worldwide spike in sales of the British shoe.[3] In 2011, Popcaan received the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for 'Best New Artist', and 'Collaboration of the Year' for "Clarks", which also won 'Song of the Year – Dancehall'.[4]

At the end January 2012 Popcaan released a new mixtape, Chromatic presents Yiy Change—the follow-up to his 2010 mixtape Hot Skull, Fry Yiy, Boil Brainz. In March "Only Man She Want" gave Popcaan his first Billboard entry at No. 89 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song was later officially remixed by rapper Busta Rhymes.

Popcaan was also featured in The New York Times speaking on the growing impact of "Only Man She Want."[5]

At the Youth View Awards, Popcaan won three awards: Favourite Summer Song and Local Chart-Topping Song of the Year for "Ravin", and Young, Hot and Hype Male.[6]

Popcaan has toured the world since, in Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean and South American region. While in Canada, Popcaan connected with Canadian rapper Drake, who has publicly expressed his admiration.[7] In 2013, Popcaan released the video for "Unruly Rave", which was shot in Toronto and directed by October's Very Own label head Niko.[8]

In 2012, Popcaan was featured on Pusha T's song "Blocka". His voice was then sampled by Kanye West on Yeezus in 2013.

2014–present: Where We Come From

In 2014, Popcaan signed to Mixpak Records for a multi-record deal. His debut studio album, Where We Come From, was released on Mixpak 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.[9][10] It entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 2, and the video gained over 5 million views on YouTube.[9]

In June 2014, Popcaan first appeared on the cover of The Fader in its 92nd issue.[11] He featured on Melissa Steel's "Kisses for Breakfast" single, which was a top ten hit in the UK in August 2014.[12][13]

In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category, his fourth consecutive nomination.[14] He won the MOBO Award in 2015 and 2016.[15]

In May 2015, Popcaan was featured on Jamie xx's "I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)" with American rapper Young Thug.

In January 2016, Popcaan was featured on English electronic duo AlunaGeorge's single "I'm in Control".[16] On 29 March 2016, a song entitled "Controlla" by Drake was leaked, with Popcaan being featured on it; a version without Popcaan was later featured on Drake's fourth studio album Views.

On 28 April, Popcaan released the single "Ova Dweet" which gained popularity both in Jamaica and abroad.

On 2 May 2016, Popcaan was reportedly held by police after a performance in Antigua involving an altercation with an officer on stage.[17]

In June 2016 Popcaan made his first UK appearance alongside Mixpak for the annual Red Bull Culture Clash, and won the clash over Wiz Khalifa/Taylor Gang, Eskimo Dance and UKG.[18]

In March 2017, Popcaan performed guest vocals for the Gorillaz track "Saturnz Barz" off of the album Humanz.[19]



Guest appearances

Music videos

Song Year Director
"Dream" 2010 Roadblock Films
"Clean" 2011 Roadblock Films
"Only Man She Want" 2011 Roadblock Films
"Ravin" 2011 DJ Lee
"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" (featuring Samini) 2014 Highgrade Music
"Everything Nice" 2014 Jay Will
"Love Yuh Bad" 2015 Nile Saulter
"Rup Rup (Bad Inna Real Life)" 2015 Steezy
"Unruly Prayer" 2015 RD Studios
"Way Up" 2015 RD Studios
"Dem Wa Fi Know" 2015 Focus Creeps
"Ova Dweet" 2016 RD Studios
"Wicked Man Ting" 2016
"Please Forgive Me" 2016 Anthony Mandler
"Saturnz Barz (Gorillaz)" 2017 Jamie Hewlett


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  2. Jump up^ "Official Video Vybz Kartel ft Popcaan &Gaza Slim – Clarks", Dancehall Madness, 30 March 2010
  3. Jump up^ "Vybz Kartel rap leads to booming Clarks shoes sales in Jamaica". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  4. Jump up^ "Kartel takes home four awards", Jamaica Observer, 13 March 2011, retrieved 10 June 2011
  5. Jump up^ Caramanica, Jon (13 April 2012) achata Royalty, Long-Haul Rapper, Australian Brats. New York Times
  6. Jump up^ Popcaan, Tifa win big at YVAs – Entertainment – Jamaica Star – 7 February 2012. Jamaica Star (7 February 2012). Retrieved on 15 July 2013.
  7. Jump up^ "Popcaan teams up with Drake". Jamaica Star. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  8. Jump up^ "LargeUp News: Is Drake Behind Popcaan's New 'Unruly Rave' Video?". OkayPlayer. Retrieved 8 April 2015.
  9. ^ Jump up to:a b Jackson, Kevin (2014) "A New Day for Popcaan", Jamaica Observer, 29 June 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2014
  10. Jump up^ Popcaan – Everything Nice Out Now! mixpakrecords.com. 1 October 2013
  11. Jump up^ "Cover Story: Popcaan Is Making Dancehall Nice Again". The FADER. The FADER. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2014.
  12. Jump up^ "Official Singles Chart UK Top 40 – 9th August 2014", Official Charts Company, 3 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014
  13. Jump up^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "Loving 'Popcaan's breakfast in Britain", Jamaica Observer, 5 August 2014. Retrieved 5 August 2014
  14. Jump up^ Jackson, Kevin (2014) "5 For MOBO Reggae", Jamaica Observer, 24 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014
  15. Jump up^ Jackson, Kevin (2015) "Popcaan is king of the MOBOs", Jamaica Observer, 6 November 2015. Retrieved 7 November 2015
  16. Jump up^ Sahim, Sarah (20 January 2016). "AlunaGeorge and Popcaan command attention on new single "I'm In Control" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  17. Jump up^ Lilah, Rose (3 May 2016). "My Favorite Things, Part II". Hotnewhiphop. Retrieved 3 May 2016.
  18. Jump up^ "Mixpak win Culture Clash London 2016!". Red Bull. Retrieved 2017-02-23.
  19. Jump up^ "Watch Gorillaz's Video for New Song "Saturnz Barz" With Popcaan". Pitchfork. 24 March 2017. Retrieved 24 March 2016.