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Popcaan Biography

Last updated: 05/25/2012 12:00:00 PM

Andrae 'Popcaan' Sutherland, (born July 19, 1990 in Saint Thomas, Jamaica), better known as 'Popcaan' or 'Poppy', is a Jamaican dancehall artiste.

Sutherland is originally from Seaforth, St Thomas, Jamaica. Poppy relocated to Portmore at the age of 7, growing up in a housing scheme called Three West aka "Gangsta City". As a youngster he attended the Happy Grove High School located in Hector's River, Portland Jamaica. At one point he planned to join the Jamaica Defense Force as a soldier. But in 2007 Vybz Kartel noticed his skills at a local jam and recruited the young deejay to his Portmore Empire--becoming both a producer and mentor. Besides showing Poppy the ropes of the music game, Kartel took him on major shows like Sting and Sumfest.

Popcaan began making music for Adidjaheim Productions with then in-house producer NotNice, the first person to voice him professionally. Poppy got off to a strong start with "Gal Wine" on the Gal Farm riddim, following up with hits including "It Nuh Work So," "Jah Jah Protect Me," "Gangsta City," "Dream," "Gangsta City Part Second," and "Hot Grabba."