Popcaan (with the nickname Poppi) was born as Andre Jay Sutherland on July 15, 1988 in the Parish of St. Thomas, Jamaica. From the age of 7 he was raised in Portmore where he attended the Happy Grove High School. Already at this young age he used to perform during school talent shows and after school concerts.
In 2007, he has been discovered during a party and asked to join Vybz Kartel’s Portmore Empire (Portmore Empire has been founded by Vybz to discover young, talented, creative Deejays and lyricists, recording artists and producers in Jamaica). Vybz Kartel became his mentor and showed him the way within the music industry.
Popcaan made his debut in 2008 with his single “My War” and 2 years later he had international success with the remix of Kartel’s massive hit “Clarks”. He is also famous for starting his songs with his signature catchphrase “wha ah gwaan?” and “not nice“.
In 2011 he has landed the 2 big hit singles “Ravin” and “Party Shot“, followed by receiving the Excellence in Music and Entertainment (EME) Award for the ‘Best New Artist’.
Popcaan has toured the world since, in Europe, Canada, and the Caribbean and South American region.
In 2014 he has signed to Mixpak Records for a multi-record deal. His debut studio album, “Where We Come From”, was released on Mixpak in June 2014. The project was produced by Dre Skull.
In the same year he has also featured on Melissa Steel’s “Kisses for Breakfast” single (a song that I also like soo much), which became a top ten hit in the UK.
In September 2014 he was nominated for a MOBO Award and finally he won this award in 2015 and 2016. One of his quite recent released single called “Ova Dweet” became popular both in Jamaica and abroad.
In June 2016 Popcaan took part at the annual Red Bull Culture Clash, and won this precious title together with MIXPAK.