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.
His debut album Where We Come From cemented him as a global star with a knack for crafting larger projects, setting a new standard for dancehall, and leaving hits “Everything Nice” and “Love Yuh Bad” in its trail. Since the album, he has been in demand for features the world over, from Jamie XX to J Hus, Gorillaz to Davido, sampled by Drake and Rihanna and in 2016 he made clash history with his legendary victory as part of Mixpak’s Red Bull Culture Clash team.
His 2018 follow-up Forever was another triumph, spawning hits “Silence” and “Wine for Me” and a sold-out show at London’s Wembley Arena. At his own Unruly Fest in his hometown of St. Thomas, Popcaan was joined onstage by Drake and Tory Lanez, in a joyful celebration of his status as a worldwide dancehall superstar.
A hyperlocal voice operating on a worldwide scale, Popcaan is a true modern artist, innovative, restless, and as he would put it – unruly.