BY: JODEE BROWN
Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar,Popcaan could soon score another hit collaboration with an overseas sensation as he seeks to build his consistently impressive resume.
Having joined forces with rap legends such asBusta Rhymes (Only Man She Want Remix)and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg),Popcaan could soon add Canadian hip-hop superstar, Drake to his list of international collaborators after meeting up with theMarvin’s Room singer in his hometown of Toronto recently.
Popcaan performed a pair of shows during the much hyped Caribana weekend in Toronto, to rave reviews. While in Canada’s largest city,Popcaan received an invitation from Drake to attend the OVO Fest, an annual concert hosted by Drake in Toronto. This, after Drakeand his team reached out to the Ravin’ singer months leading up to the Caribana festival.
The OVO Fest not only featured performances from rap superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Millz and Snoop Lion, but also saw Drake and Popcaan link up backstage where they discussed the prospect of working together going forward.
“I met Drake backstage at OVO Fest, then linked again at the after party on Sunday, (August 5th). After that di vibes did mad so we went to two private parties on Monday, following di show,”Popcaan intimated via press release.
“Meeting Drake was good; he’s cool and wants to come to Jamaica again. Him rate my ‘Yiy Change’ mixtape. His whole crew knows the mixtape well. He likes my music and knows all di slangs.”
Drake has long been an admirer of Popcaan’s music; constantly tweeting out phrases and lyrics coined by the former Portmore Empire deejay.
Though back in Jamaica, Popcaan will return to Canada this Saturday where he’s scheduled to perform at the Montreal International Reggae Festival before heading for shows in Winnipeg as well as Hamilton, Ottawa and London, Ontario respectively.
“It’s been a crazy summer but mi give thanks, especially to all di fans that show up and pack di shows. Di fans dem mad, dem fry. Canada always shows me nuff love; respect to the Canadians fans straight,” he said.
Popcaan has been performing across the Caribbean and back home as well throughout the summer, travelling to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad while also giving rousing sets atReggae Sumfest 2012 as well as the recently concluded Smirnoff Dream Weekend in Negril.
Furthermore, Popcaan has continued recording; recently unveiling tracks such as Bay Badness,Me Baby Dat and will soon release the single, Me Caan Believe (Young Vibez Production) as well as a song on the Pre-Release Riddim, crafted by ZJ Liquid.