As his mentor sits in jail awaiting trial on two different murder charges, Popcaan stays on the alert for trouble. “Yeah people always ah fight we,” he says. “People always ah do bad things, especially when you’re on the top and them ting deh.
People just try and mix me up in all kind of things, you see me? Bad mind get extra active.
"It no different for me. People just try and mix me up in all kind of things, you see me? Bad mind get extra active. [Laughs.] But them ting deh you haffi overcome. Yeah, you haffi overcome dem obstacles. And you haffi know what you ah do same way. You have to just be careful and make the right choices and stay out of problem.
As he copes with the distractions of stardom, Popcaan is doing his best to stay focused on his craft. “Music is the key to everything,” he says. “So we never get hype and never jump outta weself same way. Just write song—you see me? Yeah man... I just do work, and the hard work is paying off.”