Andrae Hugh Sutherland professionally known as Popcaan was born on 19th July 1988, is a Jamaican dancehall artist, singer and songwriter from the parish of St. Thomas.
Growing up in Portmore, Jamaica was not an easy road for Andrae Sutherland. As young as seven years old, Andre trained himself as a vocalist and performer in the tradition of many of the great Jamaican musicians that came before him. As many of his friends took the well-travelled route of drugs and crime, Popcaan continued to follow his musical calling.
His break came when he was spotted by his idol Vybz Kartel at a local talent contest and things took off from there. Taken under Kartel’s wing, Popcaan burst onto the scene with a feature on “Clarks” and never looked back.
Quickly proving himself as one of the island’s most talented artists, his distinctive voice and impressive instinct for melody flew him through international hits, from “Only Man She Want” to “Ravin.” His back catalogue features everything that dancehall has to offer – from poetic ghetto laments to party smashers and gyallis anthems.
As well as a huge local fanbase and a dedicated worldwide following, the Portmore MC became the first dancehall artist since Sean Paul to have his track playlisted on the BBC, shortly followed by a US Billboard chart placement. His well-known catchphrases and charismatic energy have lead him to cult status, finding a loyal fan in Drake as well as features with Busta and Snoop.
In 2011, Popcaan received Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Awards for the ‘Best New Artiste’, and ‘Collaboration of the Year’ for “Clarks” with Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim, the song also winning the award for ‘Song of the Year — Dancehall’
Popcaan then signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, Where We Come From on 10th June 2014 .Here Popcaan collaborated with several producers,among them Dre Skull (who also served as the album’s Executive Producer), Dubbel Dutch, Anju Blaxx, Jaime YVP and Adde Instrumentals.
In June 2014, Popcaan first appeared on the cover of The Fader in its 92nd issue which was followed by his feature in Melissa Steel’s “Kisses for Breakfast” single, which was a top ten hit in the UK in August 2014.
In September 2014 Popcaan was nominated for a MOBO Award in the Best Reggae Act category, his fourth consecutive nomination He won the MOBO Award in 2015 and 2016.
During this time he has also built an impressive portfolio, working with and being featured on major projects with renowned artistes and producers such as, Drake, Young Thug, Jamie XX, Kanye West, Chaka Khan, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, Travis Scott, Luna George, Giggs, JHus, and Jay Z to name a few. Not to mention his recent monster hit “Saturnz Barz”, with the English virtual band, Gorillaz, which resulted in him being the only Jamaican artiste to be listed on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of the Year for 2017.
Since then the accolades and awards have simply rolled in. Popcaan’s 17-track album ‘Forever’ is now out executively produced by Dreskull of Mixpak Record having afrobeats singer Davido from Nigeria as the only guest feature on the album.
Forever album launch (Boilers room)
Watch his latest track ‘Firm & Strong’ off the album ‘Forever’ here.
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