by Jodee Brown Where We Come From, the debut album from popular Dancehall star, Popcaan, has entered Billboard Magazine’s Reggae albums chart at number two, just two weeks after its unveiling, according to reports Wednesday. The former Portmore Empire standout’s project only trails Rebelution’s Count Me In on the chart and is one of four albums by Jamaican artists in the top 10, with Ziggy Marley’s Fly Rasta at number three, Bob Marley and the Wailers’ Legend: Remixed at number five and Jo Mersa Marley’s EP, Comfortable holding down ninth spot. Featuring 13 tracks, Where We Come From features a blend of Dancehall, Reggae and hip-hop sounds, with efforts such as The System, Everything Nice and Hustle standing out, the latter a collaboration with former Clipse rapper, Pusha T. The album is produced by American label, Mixpak Records and executive produced by the label’s lead hit maker, Dre Skull. Major foreign media outlets such as The Guardian and the Washington Posthave recommended Where We Come From as a must listen, with the former saying Popcaan’s effort ‘creates a warped take on synth-fueled urban pop, breathing new life into old sounds.” Popcaan has featured on the Billboard charts before, entering the magazine’s R&B/Hip Hop chart in 2012 with his hit single, Only Man She Want. Since then, he released the well-received Yiy Change mixtape as well as the Unruly EP. A former protégé of incarcerated Dancehall superstar, Vybz Kartel, Popcaan burst onto the international scene in 2010, featuring on Kartel’s chart-topping hit, Clarks along with Vanessa Bling. Chart-topping hits such as Dream, Party Shot, Ravin and others followed. Some of his standout songs in 2014 include Tie Mi on the UIM Records-produced Punjabi Riddim, Da Ting Deh on the JA Productions-produced Overdrive Riddim and Only Jah Know on the Notnice-produced Devotion Riddim.
by Jodee Brown
Montreal, Canada’s versatile Jamaican entertainer Sampaloo finished filming the music video for his unreleased track Only Jah Know from an upcoming Tenament Yard RecordsProduction. Sampaloo was first invited to voice with Tenament Yard Records last year during the production of the popular reggae rhythm Moonlight, in which he recorded his well received song Journey. Tenament Yard Records is a Jamaican label spearheaded by Drezion, musical director and lead keyboardist of the Morgan Heritage Band.
The video was shot throughout the park of Mont-Royalcapturing both the natural beauty and urban aspects of one of Canada’s great cities. The video is touching and full of meaning featuring a storyline to which everyone can relate. The video was directed by Reeva Ann Proctor as well as Jonathan Levert of Image Nomade Productions (A French Canadian Film Company) who was also in charge of filming the video. Sampaloo usedImage Nomade Productions for his Roll Out video shoot as well in Summer of 2012.
When Sampaloo was explaining the video to a German fan at the park he said, ”My team and I really made sure that the video was made so that everyone can relate. The direction, the storyline and characters all represent something different, though mi a tell my story, mi a tell a story fi everyone at the sametime. We also made sure that the video represented Montreal to the fullest, as this is the city where I live and have lived for many years. Yes, mi love represent weh mi come from, yes, mi is a Jamaican, but mi still haffi represent weh mi deh.”
Only Jah Know was written for his sister who’s life was tragically taken by gunfire in St. Elizabeth this past April.
Sampaloo has been a leading Canadian Dancehall artist for years and is easily Montreal’s top Jamaican act. Within the last two years he has really put Canada and Montreal on the map when it comes to Dancehall Music. He has had Media Features with many outlets from across the world including interviews with different radio stations across North America and invitations to attend and perform live stage shows in Jamaica, Canada, Belize and Florida. He recently ventured into quality One Drop/Culture productions where he has been just as well received by Reggae music lovers as Dancehall fans.