Influences

As important as Kartel was to Popcaan’s musical career, he was not only influence. “Portmore have whole heap of talented artists,” Papi says. “Ya dun know we have Mad Cobra, Anthony B—yeah, up to now we have I-Octane, Gyptian, I-Wayne, Frisco Kid, Terror Fabulous—all Portmore artists.”

 

We follow Jay-Z along the way like how we follow Vybz Kartel.

 

In addition to dancehall legends like Buju Banton and Super Cat, Papi gives maximum respect to Sizzla Kalonji. “Yeah, Sizzla ah me artist otherwise from Vybz Kartel,” he says. “A very great artist that—me rate Sizzla Kalonji. You see me?” Like Sizzla, Papi has the ability to transition from singing hooks to spitting hardcore rhymes. “Me have the fine voice so it bring out some different kind of melodies,” he adds.

Like many young Jamaicans, Papi is also a hip-hop fan. “Ya dun know Jay-Z ah me favorite rapper, seen? Yeah mon—from ever since Jay-Z and Nas beefing and them ting deh. So big up to Jay-Z. Jigga ah the boss. Uzeet? Ya dun know we follow Jay-Z along the way like how we follow Vybz Kartel.”