Andrae Hugh Sutherland (born 19 July 1988), known professionally as Popcaan, is a Jamaican deejay, singer and songwriter, signed to Mixpak Records. Born In St. Thomas, Jamaica Sutherland grew up in Portmore, St Catherine Jamaica. As young as seven years old, Andrae trained himself as a vocalist and performer and Popcaan continued to follow his musical calling. 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.
He 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 cartel following up with hits including “It Nuh Work So”, “Jah Jah Protect Me”, “Gangsta City”, “Dream”, “Gangsta City Part Second”, and “Hot Grabba”.
Popcaan’s breakthrough came in 2010 with “Clarks”, a collaboration with Kartel. The song achieved international success, causing a worldwide spike in sales of the British shoe. 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’. 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. 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.
He 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. In 2013, Popcaan released the video for “Unruly Rave”, which was shot in Toronto and directed by October’s Very Own label head Niko. In 2012, Popcaan was featured on Pusha T’s song “Blocka”. His voice was then sampled by Kanye West on Yeezus in 2013.
Where We Come From (2014), Mixpak (MIX049).
Singles & Music videos
“Dream” (2010), “Clean” Roadblock Films (2012). “Only Man She Want” Roadblock Films (2011). “Party Shot” Mykal Cushnie (2012). “Fry Yiy” (viral video) Roadblock Films (2012). “The System” Dayo (2012). “Girls Medley” Jay Will (2012). “Unruly Rave” Niko (2013). “So We Do It” Andy Capper (2013). “Violate” (featuring Samini) Highgrade Music (2014). “Everything Nice” Jay Will (2014). “Love Yuh Bad” Nile Saulter (2015). “Rup Rup (Bad Inna Real Life)” Steezy (2015). “Unruly Prayer” RD Studios (2015). “Way Up” RD Studios (2015). “Dem Wa Fi Know” Focus Creeps (2015). “Wicked Man Ting” RD Studios (2016) and Ova Dweet 2016.