Bounty Killer crowns Popcaan the new face of dancehall genre.
As dancehall strives to solidify its place in world music, Unruly deejay Popcaan has opened doors that have many calling him the face of dancehall today. Popcaan’s music has transcended the island borders of its making and has introduced a plethora of perked ears to its style. With the OVO-signed artiste’s continued success in the dancehall arena and the mastery he demonstrates when he merges the culture with an international genre, he is deliberately parading dancehall music in a mainstream arena with a widely respected authenticity.
Gone are the days that people wondered when if ever Popcaan’s place on the OVO roster would mean something for dancehall music. The Unruly Boss has been killing it this year and only after years more of consistent work and tenacity, which is to say the rewards are well-deserved. Popcaan attained a lot this year through joint work and on his own. When he released his latest EP FIXTAPE earlier this year, Popcaan etched his name into the international dancehall book of fame in a way fans had been waiting eagerly for him to endeavor.
The project debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart and No. 94 on the Billboard 200, making him one of the very few artists from Jamaica who have cracked that code. Popcaan also took the No. 1 spot on the iTunes Top Reggae Albums chart with FIXTAPE and the Top Reggae Songs chart for Twist & Turn. The PND-assisted hit, which was one of two Drake collaborations on the album, was the most successful of the project and peaked at No. 19 on Billboard’s close-call Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and No. 47 on the Canadian Hot 100.
Popcaan was recently honored for his prestigious accomplishment with a pair of Billboard plaques that showcases the achievements in detail. That includes the album debuting at No. 15 on the Billboard Canadian Albums chart. Popcaan shared a video of the unboxing on his Instagram while paying homage to Vybz Kartel, OVO, and, of course, Unruly. It was a gratifying moment for the dancehall star, but it did not strip him of his modesty. It’s values like these that separate Popcaan from his counterparts.
While his distinction is irrefutable, he never fails to lionize the man who gave him his start. Quite fittingly, Bounty Killer saw Popcaan’s moment of triumph as an opportune time to tout him once again as the face of dancehall. It’s almost poetic when we think about it as Bounty is to Kartel what Kartel is to Popcaan. “Congratulations work a put in salute yute last year l made a post saying Popcaan was dancehall new face some ppl disagreed,” Bounty wrote on his Instagram resharing Popcaan’s video uncovering his billboard plaques.
This is a huge win for Popcaan, but it is also a testament to his commitment to dancehall music. The Unruly leader earned this accolade in one of his most prolific years yet. With a vast number of collaborations being released this year with the likes of Drake, Maroon 5, Jorga Smith, Wiz Khalifa, Dave East, and more, Popcaan was on top of his game like never before. His vocals were heard far and wide, and so was his name in tandem with dancehall.
If we evaluate the work he has put in, we can begin to understand why the world has started to identify dancehall music with Popcaan. If we look at online discussions and interviews, it is evident that the deejay’s name has become a familiar one in the vernacular for pop culture fanatics. While some often associate him with the “Canadian rapper” label, Popcaan’s patriotism has never dwindled, and he neglects no opportunity to correct the misconception.
Maroon 5’s “Nobody’s Love,” which featured Popcaan, peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100, and it goes without saying that the band’s clout guaranteed that millions are enjoying the dancehall star’s vocals on repeat. After all, it was the first song they released all year. Many agree that Popcaan has become the face of dancehall indeed, and he might be on the brink of his biggest hit yet with his newly released jam with rap music “Hot Girl” Megan Thee Stallion. The track titled “Intercourse” is led by Popcaan, who completely makes it his own. This is just the beginning for the Unruly Boss. Get ready to see this new face of dancehall carve out a whole new lane internationally.
Bounty Killer Fix His Crown On ‘King Of Kingston’ Cover Art & Put Artists On Notice
Bounty Killer fix his dancehall crown on the cover art of his forthcoming album, King of Kingston. The dancehall legend used the opportunity to put every other artists dropping album this year on notice.
2021 has been the year for dancehall albums, and another major release is on the horizon. Veteran deejay Bounty Killer has announced that he will be dropping his hot new project, King of Kingston, sometime this year.
In true Bounty Killer style, the artiste gave the confirmation on Instagram yesterday (May 14), writing, “Y’album alerts the coming is near.”
The Warlord has been regarded as one of the most entertaining dancehall acts of his day, and he ensured that this stayed fresh in the minds of his followers, as he bashed other entertainers who have released albums this year.
“Side Note: Since everybody and dem granny making album this year all of a sudden let me make this clear all who and who dropping dem little dumpling thing dweet fast and move bcuz when GIANT a feed up a pudding pan kerosene tin business in other words the BIGGEST BADDEST and the BEST dancehall Y’album for the last two decades is…………..LOADING,” he wrote in the caption.
The timing of Bounty’s announcement, along with the shady message, had fans thinking the artiste was taking a jab at Alkaline, who released his “Top Prize” album yesterday. Despite the dig (intentional or not), it’s undeniable that Alkaline’s album has been making waves even before its launch. “Top Prize” has been trending both locally and internationally, becoming the #1 pre-ordered album on all major streaming platforms, including Amazon and iTunes, in the week before it launched.
Still, Bounty’s comments might not have been directed at the young artiste as several dancehall artists, both newcomers and veterans, have either launched or announced albums in the past few months. These include Vybz Kartel, Sean Paul, Masicka, Beenie Man, Shenseea, Popcaan, Jada Kingdom, and Intence.
It’s clear that Bounty’s album is one of the most highly anticipated. The comment section of his announcement was flooded with upbeat responses from fellow artists who expressed excitement about the album. Bugle commented, “Ready and a wait caz mi know it a go great [fire emojis].” Baby Cham also commented fire emojis, while Trelawny native Charly Black said, “Well turrrrrble [fire emojis].”
On another post that highlighted an image of Killer (which we assume is the album cover), Vybz Kartel also expressed anticipation, writing, “TPC [fire emojis].” The two have had their differences in the past but seem to have mended fences in recent years.
The deejay’s last album was Ghetto Dictionary: The Art of War, which was released in 2002.
Bounty Killer is one of the greatest of all time in dancehall. The legend, often referred to as The General, rose to fame in the early 1990s when he cemented himself as a gritty hardcore deejay from Seaview Gardens in Kingston. His him community likely helped inspired the title of the album, King of Kingston.
Since his early days as a ruthless hardcore deejay, Bounty Killer went on to become one of the most celebrated names who ever pick up the mic. With numerous classics under his belt including several international collabs, fans are clued in for his upcoming project.
Lil Reese Now In Stable Condition Expects To Recover From Being Shot
Lil Reese’s condition has now been listed as stable, and he is expected to make a full recovery.
The Chicago rapper was shot and beaten up at a parking garage at Chicago’s River North neighborhood on Saturday. Multiple sources say he was attacked for allegedly stealing a car, and the vehicle’s owner tracked him down and confronted him. A fight ensued, and Lil Reese and two other men were shot in the process.
All three men were transported to a local hospital where Reese’s condition was reported to be grave after a video shows him bleeding from his head on the ground. His manager posted a message asking fans to pray for the rapper and his family.
According to TMZ, Lil Reese, 28, was grazed in the eye by a bullet, but one of the victims was shot several times during the melee.
A graphic video is currently being circulated on social media showing a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground bleeding from his head. Another man in the background, who was not on camera, was heard yelling at him as first responders tried to help. The man heard yelling is believed to be the owner of the stolen vehicle.
Police also found a Dodge Durango riddled with bullets on the scene. The SUV is rumored to be the stolen vehicle.
At the time of this publication, Lil Reese is expected to recover from his injuries but remains in the hospital getting treatment.
This is the second time that Lil Reese is surviving a gun attack in the past two years. In November 2019, he was shot in the neck by an AK47, and many believed then that he wouldn’t survive, but he pulled through. He lost his voice as a result of that attack and had to learn to rap again.
Drake Praised Kodak Black Calling Him A “Poet” and “Oracle”
Drake is a big fan of Kodak Black music.
Drizzy has commended Kodak Black on his new project titled “Haitian Boy Kodak.” The eight-track project was released on Friday (May 14), and on Saturday (May 15), Kodak disclosed that Drake ‘hollered’ at him via a direct message on Instagram and commended his work. The “ZEZE” rapper posted a screen recording of the conversation on his Instagram page.
“Man you always give me that inspiration,” one message read. Drake, whose Instagram handle is @champagnepapi continued, “Real POET”…. “Oracle.”
To these compliments, the 23-year-old Kodak Black responded, “I Wanna B Like You Bra, You The Greatest.” In a separate message, the rapper also jokingly said “Sign Me” with a laughing emoji.
“Man let’s do some music for sure,” Drake responded, also using a laughing emoji. “But for real you really on another level,” he added.
“Haitian Boy Kodak” is the first project since Kodak’s release from prison earlier this year. The young rapper was supposed to spend 46 months in prison for falsifying documents to obtain firearms in 2019, but his sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump on his final day in office.
Although the rapper’s legal troubles seem to be far from over, he is still pursuing and pushing his music career. Notably, this is not the first time that the 34-year-old “God’s Plan” rapper commended Kodak on a new project.
Kodak’s December 2018 album “Dying to Live” also gained a compliment from Drake.
“Bro your album really one of my favorites in the last five years,” he said in one of the messages. In the other messages, he said, “The bars you are rapping about friends and your purpose is so pure.”
“What got you there? Like you are almost talking from this god level birds eye view of your own life. I wanna know how you broke that wall,” he added to his flattery. Kodak shared the messages on his Instagram page.
NBA YoungBoy Apologize To Pregnant Girlfriend Jazlyn Mychelle & Promises To Act Right
NBA YoungBoy pens letter to fans, and mother of his child, Jazlyn Mychelle
NBA Youngboy has confirmed that he is expecting his 8th child. The confirmation came on Friday (May 14) by way of a letter purportedly from the rapper, which was posted to the Instagram page of his manager. NBA is currently incarcerated on charges of possession of firearms as a convicted felon and possession of a firearm that is not registered.
Since his incarceration, the rapper has been communicating with fans on the outside world through letters. Last month, he wrote a letter addressing his critics, among them talk show host Wendy Williams. Wendy had spoken on NBA Youngboy’s arrest, saying he had to go to jail and that he needed to be careful as he had seven young kids to care for.
In response to Wendy’s criticism, YoungBoy wrote, “I can leave my kids millions of dollars to divide but can’t give them the time they truly deserve.”
NBA YoungBoy continued, “Nobody understand me they never did sh*t some times I don’t understand myself but that’s fine because I’m okay I ain’t looking for you to feel sorry I just ask for one thing- For you to let me suffer in peace tell MS. WENDY WILLIAM I say she got a good soul and she’s a beautiful women I can see that threw all the bad comments thrown at her tell her count her blessings (STAY IN GOOD SPIRIT) Sincerely Kentrell.”
In his latest letter, the rapper, whose real name is Kentrell Gaulden, speaks on the people around him suggests that he has nobody to support him in his time of need.
“I have a hard time paying attention i then gave and i then been there for people without having nobody to be there for me even with people i talk to now if they wasn’t waiting to receive or been giving something already they wouldn’t be here,” he wrote.
The letter continues, “Im a man before anything I had to apologize to myself for not protecting my heart and allowing most of this to happen i read letters from my supporters and find joy inside and yes i said that right (my supporters) yall are not fans we scream F.A.N together (f*ck a n*gga) LOL.”
He addressed persons speaking on his name and asked them to stop. “but all jokes aside,” he writes, “i ain’t got nothing against nobody i dont want no problem neither just stop speaking on me we don’t concern each other.”
That was followed by the confirmation of another child on the way, this time with his latest flame Jazlyn Mychelle. “I really just want to be there when my daughter born i want to be in the same house as her while she grow up i never had that experience,” he wrote.
He further apologized to his girlfriend for his previous actions with other women and promised to be there once she did not leave him. “Jaz im sorry (ma’ma) I promise im sorry for every time i said something to another woman for every time they ever gotten the chance to come around ill give you anything for you not to leave anything to have you when its all said and done.”
It’s clear that the rapper is feeling vulnerable about his relationship, but by all indications, Jazlyn will be sticking by her man. Since his incarceration, she has posted several throwback images and videos of the two, alongside the hashtag “free him.”
Jazlyn Mychelle has since responded to fans saying, “If you don’t know the situation between him and somebody else don’t speak on it because obviously you a fan to the sh*t.”
NBA is expected to appear in court in June to answer to the gun charges against him. Until then, he remains locked up at a facility in Louisiana.
Lil Reese In Grave Condition After Being Shot In Chicago
Lil Reese is currently hospitalized in critical condition after being shot in Chicago.
The incident reportedly took place at Chicago’s River North neighborhood, Chicago, while the rapper was inside a parking garage. According to CWB Chicago, two other men were also shot, and all three were rushed to local hospitals. Sources say Lil Reece is currently in grave condition and the condition of at least one of the victims remain unknown, one of whom was reportedly grazed by bullets.
One of the victims is a 20-year-old man, and the other is a 27-year-old male who was with the 28-year-old rapper. Police officers also found a bullet riddle Dodge Durango that was reported stolen. The vehicle crashed near the scene, but when police arrived, there were no occupants.
A video has since been making the rounds online showing the aftermath of the shooting incident. The graphic clip shows a man closely resembling Lil Reese on the ground and bleeding from his mouth as someone in the background yelled, “die n***a.”
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Lil Reese previously survived a shooting incident in November 2019 in the suburbs of Chicago. The rapper was shot in his neck with an AK47 rifle while at a stoplight. He sought medical attention at South Suburban Hospital’s emergency room in Hazel Crest but was transferred to Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn after police discovered that he was the victim of the shooting incident.
Reese lost his voice as a result of that attack and has struggled to regain it ever since.
Over the years, Lil Reese has been embroiled in several beefs with rappers like Tekashi 6ix9ine and Quando Rondo. Quando is accused of being involved in King Von’s death, and Von and Reese were close friends.