I just grew up, says Popcaan
The Popcaan you see today is definitely not the Popcaan we knew yesterday. He is steadily evolving, and his fans are loving it. But the Unruly Boss says it’s not a change; he just grew up.
“Popcaan is growing. I’m getting older. I am evolving. It’s a lot of hard work, you know. As time goes by and I do this thing, faults I had before I figure them out and just move on. And I’m capitalizing on it.
“That’s what is making Popcaan different in these times, you know. I didn’t change; I just grew up,” he said.
Speaking to the media after his performance at the recently held Hennessy Artistry show, Popcaan said he knew many young people who looked up to him now, which was why he made the decision to start singing more positive music.
“You have a time in life when somebody has to make a change; and me, as an influential person, I can’t sing about killing every day. So I just decide to sing some godly songs sometimes too, because I’m a spiritual person as well. I will sing more songs to advocate for change in Jamaica.
“Sometimes by just being by yourself, you hear voices in your head. The devil finds work for idle hands, and that is the problem with a lot of our young people these days. And they end up in problems, and they end up in jail, and so on.
“As a young man, I can speak openly to them because they look up to me. If I have so much åattention on me and I made it out the struggle, I can show them the way too and help them make it out of the struggle, because most youths in Jamaica and in the world die young.
“I am here for a purpose, because I see so much youths’ life waste,” the Dream singer said.
And not only is Popcaan evolving in his music career, but his entire Unruly brand as well.
“Having a brand now is very nice. That was a big step for me. Starting to sign artistes and so on. That’s something I learnt from Vybz Kartel. He helped me; so I am going to help someone else. Each one help one. The Unruly brand is going very well,” he said, adding that he was looking to take the brand all over the world.
And he credits this great progression to his strong spirituality and the prayers of his mother and grandmother, who are both pastors.
“I don’t leave my Bible home. I take it everywhere I go . . . . I grew up in the church; so I always have my Testament with me . . . . Yes, I sing about the craziness but I don’t walk and make trouble and so on.
“I started out from humble beginnings and that keeps me humble and focused,” Popcaan explained.
And as far as plans for 2016 are concerned, Popcaan said: “I don’t plan. I just work with the flow of life. When you plan, it always get messed up along the way. My destiny was planned from the time I was young. It was ordained.”