Andre Jay Sutherland, better known by his stage name Popcaan, is a Jamaican dancehall recording artist currently signed to Mixpak Records. Sutherland grew up in Portmore, Jamaica and as young as seven years old he trained himself as a vocalist and performer. In 2007, Popcaan was recruited by Vybz Kartel to be a part of his Portmore Empire, becoming both his producer and mentor. Kartel took him under his wings by showing Popcaan the ropes of the music game. Kartel took him on major shows like Sting and Reggae Sumfest where he started gaining popularity.
Popcaan’s got off to a strong start with songs such as “Gal Wine”, “It Nuh Work So”, “Jah Jah Protect Me”, “Gangsta City”, “Dream”, “Gangsta City Part Second”, and “Hot Grabba”, however his breakthrough came in 2010 with the release of “Clarks” – a collaboration with his mentor Kartel. The song achieved international success, causing a worldwide spike in sales of the British shoe, which is very popular in Popcaan’s native country, Jamaica. In 2011, Popcaan was rewarded for his efforts on “Clarks” by receiving 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’.
After dropping his first mixtape (IHot Skull, Fry Yiy, Boil Brainz) in 2010, Popcaan released his second mixtape “Chromatic presents Yiy Change” in early 2012. The mixtape included the single “Only Man She Want” which 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 and with the song’s popularity Popcaan was featured in The New York Times where he was asked about the growing impact of “Only Man She Want.”
Popcaan, who became extremely popular from his smash hit “Only Man She Want” and was signed in 2014 to Mixpak Records for a multi-album deal. His debut album, “Where We Come From, was released June 2014. The album entered the Billboard Top Reggae Albums chart at number 2, and the video for the single “Everything Nice” gained over 5 million views on YouTube. He was featured in magazines and nominated for many awards and even gained the attention of hip hop king Drake.