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Popcaan interview for

If the name doesn't ring a bell, "Wah gwaan Popcaan?!" from the tune of the summer Clarks by Vybz Kartel should.

Marvin Sparks speaks to Jamaican artist Popcaan for The Wrap Up about his troubled upbringing in the ‘Gangsta City,’ avoiding temptation to enter a life of crime and tells us what makes Clarks an essential purchase for the summer... and the winter!

The Wrap Up: Where did the name Popcaan come from?

Popcaan: Me and you can reason about that name at a different location one day [laughs], but it was from a friend who passed on.

TWU: How would you describe yourself?

Popcaan: Hot skull, fry yiy [eye], boil brainz! [laughs]. Where my families concerned, I'm a loving person, where the ladies are concerned I'm a very loving person and I'm full of hype.

TWU: What have you learnt from being around Vybz Kartel?

Popcaan: I've learnt countless things from Kartel. You see di Teacha, he is the real teacher. He's taught me loads of things outside of music too, so he's a teacher in every way.

TWU: Most people will know you from your intro on Vybz Kartel's hit song ‘Clarks’. How did your feature come about?

Popcaan: Clarks are shoes we've worn from school days. Everybody wants Clarks. For a while me and di Teacha have only worn Clarks. One day a girl saw him and said, 'Them Clarks are bad you know!' He went home, called me and said, 'Yo Poppy, you know we need to do a tune about Clarks.’ He couldn't find a better person to record the song with, because we only wear Clarks!

Get to know Popcaan a lot better by clicking here for full interview


And 'Gangsta City'

Shouts to Raine and JP

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