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Popcaan, “The City Yeah” Pt Twice (Official Video)

8 Jun

It’s been a year since “Wagwaan Popcaan” transcended into the international platform with “Clarks” and “Dream” and while many were still stuck pondering the playfulness of Vybz’s catchphrase, Popcaan was busy at work improving his lyricism and flow.

Several tracks emerged since the new year with the more matured sound of an artiste venturing out from under his mentor’s wings. Popcaan released “She Gone” off the Yung Riddim (Notnice) about a lover who’ll never get a man like him- “remember every gyal waan Popcaan”- and then coincided the single with “Tun Up the Scheme” and “No Sponsor“, both from Notnice.

Kartel’s entourage has slowly diluted since the peak of its franchise. With Kim, Lisa Hyper, Ryno, Former Manager Cory Todd, Merital Family and most recently producer Notnice and artiste Jah Vinci all leaving the camp to pursue their own projects (often with bitterness and controversy fueled by Kartel). Some are still lurking in the shadow of Jamaica’s most talked about deejay, Kartel, while others, freshly relieved from the troop, are imagining up new ventures. And the struggle to stay afloat will be difficult, not because they don’t have the potential, but because Kartel is an eclipse of a personality with an endless supply of production capabilities.

The young Popcaan, who recently shot down rumors that he too was leaving the Gaza, is quickly developing an artiste rapport with his fans that rivals those of his mentor’s generation. Still Jamaican fan’s grapple with the complexities of dancehall tribalism. Comments from “The City Yeah” youtubes highlight these conflicts within Popcaan’s fan base:

“Popcaan is a talented youth but it all will seem futile when associating with people who favor the devil’s work!!!!!!!! Now all is said and done..Popcaan your talented my youth……” – Black 56104

“Only reason why me listen to gaza cause of popcaan always droppin mad tunes nah lie.. JOP MI SEH Str8 always” -Gucci Thing

Despite the hesitance from the “other” side, Popcaan keeps getting more intriguing. And why not? An evolution on the scene would be welcomed with open arms. You can only listen to the same five deejays so many times before you crave something newer, something less embattled. After all, Popcaan says, “Mad still in Adi city yeah, but me haffi say, I’m kicking it the happy way.”

A Year in Dancehall: 2010

29 Dec

Vybz Kartel drives full force ahead

Last year Kiss my Teeth/Imagelala did a much more straightforward run down of the top ten riddims and singles of 2009, but this 2010 round-up goes a little deeper into the shifty geology that makes up this year’s successes and failures in dancehall. In 2010 we saw the sometimes successful, sometimes brash shuffle dancehall took into new sounds, the systematic revoking of visas, catastrophic failures in album sales, the incredible personal branding successes and some serious bleaching. Read it all after the jump.

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Videos Releases

6 Sep

Popcaan, “Dream”

Despite the fact that more then one of my male friends has said those street Gaga sunglasses, “sell off”, I will forever not take Popcaan seriously because of them.

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Sex Appeal Medley featuring:
Ryno, Flexx, Chase Cross, Serani, Stein, Bounty Killer


Serani doing right by me here. This is why he gone farin.

(via Dancehall.mobi and JJevafrass)

Summer Mixtapes

5 Jul

While North America is in full summer swing, Jamaica has been receiving a beating from tropical rains, something that I’m not entirely opposed to considering the alternative of sweltering humidity. Well, I take no issue with it until it ruins beach activity. But one of the best things about summer–aside from the beach– is summer mixtapes. Two weeks ago I got a pretty nice Mavado and Vybz mix off a street vendor named Romeo in MoBay, but for those that don’t have street vendor access a barrage of summer mixtapes have made their way into the internet world to lighten your mood.

Two mixtapes were released today from Portmore Empire’s camp, one from the “Clarks” star Popcaan curiously titled, “Hot Skull Fry Yiy Boil Brainz” and another from his label mate, Shawn Storm titled, “The Sivva”. Local producers Razz and Biggy who released the First Born Riddim earlier this year did a feisty dancehall-heavy mixtape titled “Higgest Bidder” that leaves you just right for pre-party vibes. Lastly, RETv’s “Kruddy” from the Renaissance camp released his first mix called “Tilt the City” demonstrating his young Jamaica club sound and plenty of finely tuned dubs. Download them all below for your listening pleasure.

Kruddy, “Tilt the City”: download
Razz & Biggy, “Highest Bidder”: download
Popcaan, “Hot Skull Fry Yiy Boil Brainz”: download
Shawn Storm, “The Sivva”: download