It seems as if 2019 might just be the best year of Popcaan’s 31 years.
The Unruly Boss’ 2015 collaboration, titled “I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times” featuring Jamie xx, and Young Thug, was recently rated number 16 on Billboard’s 60 Greatest Dance Songs of the Decade, and one of ’60 quintessential bangers that delivered dance music to the masses in the United States’. Billboard describes the song as ‘one of the best dance records of the 2010s ‘but noted that it ‘wasn’t actually all that danceable’ but still ‘became the undisputed dance anthem to the summer of 2015’ and one of the songs which defined the decade of the 2010s.
Popcaan, whose real name is Andrae Sutherland, has already featured in a slew of decade end music charts by some of North America’s top entertainment publications including Vice Magazine’s 100 Best Albums of the Decade, as well as Pitchfork’s 200 Best Songs of the Decade, where he appeared on the list two times.
The St. Thomas native was also was crowned Entertainer Of The Year at the 37th annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, in May this year, eclipsing artistes such as Busy Signal, Chronixx, Damion Marley and Shaggy.
Popcaan also won Album Of The Year for ‘Forever’, which beat out ‘Reggae Forever’ by Etana, ‘A Matter Of Time’ by Protoje, ’44/876′ by Shaggy and Sting and ‘Rebellion Rises’ by Ziggy Marley, which were among the nominated albums.
Popcaan is presently gearing up for the upcoming staging of his Unruly Fest stage show in St. Thomas on December 21 and has been in the gym doing rigorous workouts under the watchful eye of his gym instructor, at the Spry Fitness Centre in Kingston.
Unruly Fest will be held at the Goodyear Oval in St. Thomas. The line-up includes Bounty Killer, Protoje, Agent Sasco, Sanchez, Capleton, Jah Frass, Chronic Law, and Sizzla Kalonji and others.
Popcaan is yet to announce the name of the international act who will grade the Unruly stage this year. At the launch of the event last month at the Triple Century Sports Bar in New Kingston, Popcaan said the international act would be announced at a later date.
The featured international act at the inaugural staging last year, was Canadian rapper Drake. His musical compatriots Tanya Stephens, Jahvinchi, and Agent Sasco, had also performed at the event.
Sean Paul, Spice, Govana & More Tribute Koffee For Grammy Win
Grammy-winning reggae artiste Koffee is getting all sorts of praises from fellow Jamaican acts.
Sunday was the day we had the pleasure of being a part of history. Fans, friends, and family of Mikayla Simpson, professionally known as Koffee, witnessed the 19-year-old win her first Grammy Award. Koffee won the 2020 Grammy for Best Reggae Album, and the honor was accepted humbly by the reggae star who took her short few moments on the Grammy stage to “Toast” the reggae/dancehall community and Jamaica.
Everyone has been offering their utmost congratulations to the reggae artiste, who is now the first woman to win a Grammy for Best Reggae Album. Spice was among the slew of artists who reacted online. The Love and Hip Hop star took to Instagram to share an old picture of her and Koffee with the caption. “Congratulations @originalkoffee first time we met you told me to remember your name now look at god. The world will remember your name. Cya bawl inna life man. #GrammyKid Mad love Lil sis I’m so Proud,” Spice wrote.
Govana, who like Koffee, hails from Spanish Town, St. Catherine, shared a photo of himself and Koffe on set of their music video for the “Rapture” (the song) remix. Govy congratulated the reggae star on her groundbreaking achievement in his caption saying, BREAK BARRIERS …REWRITE HISTORY @originalkoffee W FOR THE CULTURE… W FOR SPANISH TOWN… CONGRATS,” he wrote.
“Congrats an big up yuhself,” Sean Paul also wrote on his Instagram story alongside a picture of Koffee holding her Grammy. Ding Dong also shared a photo of him and Koffee and quoted his own lyrics in the caption “SEH SHE WAH LISTEN SOME KOFFEE AND CHRONIXX,” he wrote “@original Koffee CONGRATS ENUH WELL DONE.”
Koffee is the youngest person to win the Grammy award for Best Reggae Album. She is officially a trailblazer and at only 19-years-old. The win has been inspiring to budding young talents in the reggae and dancehall community. “What’s also great about this Koffee win is that the world is going to be looking at the next movement out of Jamaica. I hope all my bredrens and sistrens are ready for the mission,” reggae artiste Ras I wrote on Twitter.
Koffee has been receiving an outpour of heartfelt congratulations from artistes and fans alike. When Koffee accepted the coveted award, she thanked her producers, everyone involved in her “Rapture” EP and paid respects to the other nominees who she says paved the way for her as well. The Grammy-winning artiste oozes poise and humility in every encounter. She now serves as an example that you get back what you put out in the world, and in her case, it’s ultimately positivity.
Usain Bolt Foundation Donates Computers To Schools In Trelawny
Usain St.Leo Bolt is widely known for his sprinting abilities and his savvy business practices. However, Jamaica’s most decorated athlete also likes to sport his massive philanthropic hat, and that’s exactly what he did yesterday.
If you are to take a look at Bolt’s Instagram account, you will see the phrase, “Anything is possible I don’t think limits.” This is exactly the message he preached as he, along with his Usain Bolt Foundation, did their part to break down learning barriers for hundreds of young minds. They started by refurbishing the Granville Primary School ground and followed up by donating computers to the Albert Town Primary, Spring Garden Primary, Duanvale Primary, Waldensia Primary, Bellevue Primary, Falmouth All-Age, and the Granville Primary & Infant School.
The foundation partnered with Microsoft UK to acquire all the computer devices, meanwhile Digicel Jamaica hopped on board to provide the modems. Usain Bolt addressed the young audience at the award ceremony, and during his speech, the track star mentioned his humble background. “For me growing up wasn’t easy, it wasn’t perfect, it was hard for us. Sports really helped me to get where I am today but not everybody will be able to be a sports star,” mentioned Bolt.
Along with the devices, he offered the young audience something that is worth so much more than any device and that is the inspiration to dream big, “One thing you have to learn is that younger kids are not yet exposed to the world and they don’t know what’s out there and how big they can dream. A lot of people they don’t dream of big things because they don’t know the limits that are out there so for me this is one of the main reasons I started.”
While all the schools listed are from Bolt’s home parish of Trelawny, the sprinter did pledge to use his foundation to the benefit of other primary schools in other parishes.
His foundation has previously partnered with JN Foundation to assist the elderly in Trelawny. He also donated $1 million through his foundation to help victims of the fire that destroyed the Walker’s Place of Safety children’s home approximately two years ago.
What are your thoughts on Bolt’s speech?
NBA YoungBoy Tired Of People Making Him Out To Be The Bad Guy
NBA YoungBoy says he gets wrongfully judged for just being himself.
YoungBoy Never Broke Again seems to always have eyes on him these days. The 20-year-old rapper is a force to be reckoned with on the music scene, and his hard work landed him on the top-selling artists in the U.S. list for all of 2019. In addition to that, YoungBoy is also the most-watched artist on YouTube in the U.S. While his career achievements set him far apart from his worthy counterparts who unlike him, have reached or passed the legal drinking age, there are a few things about NBA YoungBoy Never Broke Again that are historically more conceivable for someone his age.
Firstly, the rapper is involved in a high profile on-again-off-again relationship with champion boxer Floyd Mayweather’s daughter Yaya Mayweather. The couple hasn’t always been the most level headed and non-toxic but they’ve made it work. Besides, they’re basically just kids, and they’ll surely continue to mature as they grow. His love life is just one of the things that the Baton Rouge rapper is often criticized about. YoungBoy, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, has also had a rocky legal history from charges stemming from shooting cases and domestic violence to court ordered probations, house arrests, and more.
Now that the rapper has made a narrow escape from his troubled past having gotten off probation and seemingly attempting a healthier go at his recently rekindled relationship with Yaya, it looks like NBA YoungBoy is reflecting, and he does not like the public perception of him. Taking to Twitter to voice his concern on how he is viewed, the rapper wrote, “F***ed up how People always make me seem like a bad person I’m just me,” NBA YoungBoy said.
The 20-year-old rapper is just living his best life, which is widely publicized, extremely lavish, and thrilling. It’s only fair that we give NBA YoungBoy a fair chance to turn over a new leaf and make better decisions.
Fucked up how People always make me seem like a bad person I’m just me
— NBA YOUNGBOY (@GGYOUNGBOY) January 28, 2020
Dancehall Artiste Quada Gets March 5 Court Date For Murder Case
Quada will be back in court on March 5 for his murder case.
Quada, whose real name is Shaquelle Clarke, has seen better days. The dancehall deejay who has recently been charged with murder and arson, stemming from an incident on April 17, 2019, appeared in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court in Half-Way-Tree, St Andrew, a day ago. During his preliminary hearing, he was handed a March 5 court date by the presiding judge. Quada, along with his attorney Bert Samuels are gearing up to fight the charges stacked against him. While speaking to the Jamaican Observer, Samuels mentioned that “the post-mortem is still outstanding and the statements are ready for disclosure.”
Quada also has strong support from his fans and the dancehall community, who have condemned his arrest and demand all charges be dropped. The April 17 incident for which the artiste is being charged took place in Sterling Castle Heights, St Andrew. Reports are that Miguel Williams was attacked and murdered at his home by a mob that forced their way into his house. The mob allegedly stacked tires on Williams’ body and set him and his house ablaze.
The gruesome mob attack was believed to be as a result of the murder of eight-year-old Shantae Skyers. Her decomposing body was found in the community of Sterling Castle Heights, 5 days after she was reported missing. Quada is not the only person being held in connection to the murder of Williams, as Sterling Castle Heights resident Andrew Breakcliffe, better know as Grinch, was also slapped with murder and arson charges.
Quada was arrested, interrogated, and charged for murder after he turned himself into the Constant Spring Police department on January 14, 2020. The artiste, who is an affiliate of Popcaan and a member of the Unruly camp, was given a $500,000 bail bond on January 17, after which he was deemed not to be a flight risk and did not have any previous run-ins with the law.
Upon his release, the artiste was greeted by his family and supporters. The 23-year-old artiste did not waste any time and dropped a brand new track titled “Pain” the very day of his release. The track is currently number 14 on the Youtube Trending List.
Chris Brown Calls K-Pop Singer Ailee A “Cornball” Here Is Why They’re Beefing
K-Pop star Ailee responds to backlash after posting a selfie with Chris Brown and now Breezy is clapping back.
K-Pop star Ailee is receiving black-lash after posting a selfie with Chris Brown at the Grammy award show over the weekend. Reportedly, Ailee, a “once” fan of the megastar’s music, jumped at the opportunity to take a photo with Chris, who attend the award show with his five-year-old daughter, Royalty. Ailee then posted a fun, pouty-lipped selfie with the singer to her Instagram account, assuming the post would draw likes and positive reactions.
Obviously, Ailee assumed wrong. Many of her fans disapproved of the photo due to Chris’s history of domestic abuse. Ailee defending her post said she had no idea of his past. Followers found that hard to believe. Almost everyone was aware of the very public relationship between megastars Rihanna and Chris Brown that ended in 2009 after Chris assaulted the pop star on their way to the Grammys.
She quickly edited the post’s caption and wrote: “Edit for the last time!! When I said ‘he WAS one of the artists I enjoyed listening to growing up and that’s a fact that will never change.’ i meant the fact that I enjoyed his music when I was younger will never change,” she wrote. “The only thing on my mind was literally ‘oh wow!! CB! I used to love his songs!’ I DO NOT and WILL NOT support women, men, pet, animal or any other kinds of abusers and the ONLY reason I’m keeping this post up is to CLARIFY the reason I took this pic in the first place.”
She closed her caption by asking fans to leave her alone: “I DO NOT THINK LIGHTLY OF ANY ABUSES. Now stop giving me so much sh*t for something I didn’t even know happened and leave me alone DAYUM.”
Ailee, however, can’t seem to win. After editing her caption, her post was shared with the TheShadeRoom, where many users called out the International star, claiming her post was insensitive and declaring that Chris has earned a second chance.
Brown also responded to the updated post, and simply commented: “CORNBALL.”
Usher’s Prince Tribute At Grammys Gets Mixed Reaction
Usher’s Grammy tribute to Prince left fans with mixed emotions.
Reactions were mixed over Usher’s tribute to the late legendary artist Prince at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Sunday. Usher took to the stage alongside longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. to perform some of the icon’s hit songs like “Little Red Corvette,” “When Doves Cry” and “Kiss.” According to Entertainment Weekly, the tribute was meant to promote an upcoming Grammy tribute concert set to be taped tomorrow Tuesday, Jan. 28 and air on CBS later in the year. The upcoming special will reportedly feature Beck, Common, Gary Clark Jr., St. Vincent, Earth, Wind & Fire, Foo Fighters, H.E.R., Juanes, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more.
However, after the Grammys many fans questioned the award show’s decision to have the Confessions singer kick-off the tribute, noting that there may have been more fitting options like Miguel, Beyonce, or even Janelle Monae.
If you recall Bruno Mars and Morris Day and the Time paid tribute to Prince at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, back in 2017.
Despite Usher running through a few of Prince’s greatest hits, not everyone was feeling the second tribute or his vocal range throughout the performance. The New York Post called the performance sloppy, comparing the segment and Usher to a “Vegas showman.” And fans quickly followed with critiques, taking to Twitter to sound off.
See some of the not-so-nice things fans had to say about Usher’s performance:
“I just know prince in heaven watching this tribute like,” one user wrote over a gif of Prince shaking his head, seemingly in disappointment.
— La Bella? (@LaBellaJmarie) January 27, 2020
“Who’s bright idea was it to have Usher do a Prince Tribute?!” another user said.
— ??R_Le’Rose?? (@r_lerose) January 27, 2020
With a third user begging for the performance to just end, “Usher just stop…no one can do Prince but Prince.”
— Bunny (@XSteamBunnyX) January 27, 2020
However, despite the negative comments that Usher’s tribute received, many took to Twitter to defend the star’s performance. One user wrote, “Usher slayed it,” while another congratulated the, “Let it Burn,” artist. What did you think of his performance?
Usher slayed it. ??? RIP Prince #GRAMMYs
— Babyvacc?? (@Babyvacc) January 27, 2020
— Alex Chapas (@ArChapas) January 27, 2020
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