Andrae Hugh Sutherland (born 19 July 1988), known professionally as Popcaan, is a Jamaican deejay, singer and songwriter. In 2014, 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. Popcaan signed with Mixpak Records and released his debut studio album, the critically acclaimed Where We Come From. 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. It entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 2, and the video gained over 5 million views on YouTube.
In June 2014, Popcaan first appeared on the cover of The Fader in its 92nd issue. He featured on Melissa Steel’s “Kisses for Breakfast” single, which was a top ten hit in the UK in August 2014. In September 2014 he 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.
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”. 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 a single called “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.
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 and others. Popcaan has also collaborated with a number of international artists, most notably Drake, and Pusha T.
Popcaan – Nah Idle (Explicit) Album: Popcaan – Where We Come From (Explicit) Video: Directed by Popcaan, SBTV Release Date: 2 September 2016 Label: E5 Records Genre: Reggae