Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Popcaan Makes BBC "Hot 20" List

United Kingdom based BBC's Radio 1Xtra has chosen deejay Popcaan as one of its 'Hot 20 for 2012'. The deejay is the only Jamaican to appear on the list.

The list, which was revealed last week, is the station's collection of the 20 acts they think will make an impact in 2012.

The compilation also features the likes of American rapper A$AP Rocky, American singer Frank Ocean, the UK's Etta Bond, Delilah, Dot Rotten, Josh Kumra, Sneakbo, Daley and rapper Azealia Banks.

BBC Radio 1Xtra is a digital radio station in the United Kingdom from the BBC, specialising in new black music or urban music.

On the station's website, www.bbc.co.uk, all 20 acts are featured in a video interview. Popcaan's interview, which is two-minutes long, was done with the artiste in Jamaica. The description of the video on the websites states, "chosen as one of 1Xtra's Hot 20 for 2012, Popcaan gives us a little insight into who he is and what he's about."

In the interview the artiste talks about growing up in St Thomas and Portmore as he describes himself as being a "loving person" to his friends and family. He also gives credit to the collaboration Clarks with his mentor Vybz Kartel and Gaza Slim as being what brought attention to his career, to which he followed up with other popular songs.

Speaking about what inspires his lyrics, the artiste touches on the much debated topic of the relationship between dancehall music and crime. He says, "Nuff people feel sey dancehall music sparks violence and crime inna di community and dem ting deh. But is not really like that yuh zeeit. Di artiste dem sing wah dem see and weh dem hear. So big up to dancehall music again and reggae music."

The artiste will be shooting the video for his song Party Shot from TJ Records on Sunday. The video will be directed by Mykal Cushnie. He also released his first single for the year, Get Gyal Easy, produced by DreSkull Records.

Source: Jamaica Star

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