“Ravin”

The success of "Ravin," Popcaan’s solo breakthrough on 2011’s Summertime Riddim, has taken his career to another level. “Since ‘Ravin’ me get more focused and more listening from the people,” Papi explains. “It’s not like me just start build bad song or anything. Me just get everybody attention when me say ‘Ravin.’”

 

It’s not like me just start build bad song or anything. Me just get everybody attention when me say ‘Ravin.’

 

The song was produced by Kartel’s own label, Adijaheim Records. “The Werlboss produced that and ‘Summertime,’ two big hit records,” Popcaan says. “His song dropped from about May or June. My tune release later on—in July or dem time deh. Yeah. So big up to the Welrboss every time.”

“Me hear the riddim and just sing a song say ‘Up inna the club we gone again.’ You know I mean? That’s how the whole idea come about. So is a song me just build pon the spot when me hear the riddim.”

Popcaan’s infectious party jam is all about having a good time while standing up on your own two feet. “When me say ‘me nah beg people inna the ravin,’” Papi explains, “I’m talking about, me nah go to the party and ask somebody fi buy me a drink—or drink from somebody else’s table. You know I mean? You have to be independent. You nah beg nobody for nuttin’ at all.” As someone who went from sufferer to star, Papi makes a point of providing for himself. “Inna the raving me haffi spend out me saving,” he says. “But me nah beg.”

Popcaan explains that a Jamaican rave is a little bit different from the techno raves in the UK or the U.S.A. “We can rave anywher. In the club. Pool party. Ah just ravin. Yeah. And you have the Rasta rave weh the dread them attend to. And there’s a church rave pon a Sunday. [Laughs.] When the Christian them go ah church, the Christian deh ah rave and praise Jesus. You know I mean?”

And what about the Gaza rave? “Well the Gaza rave now… We just party different. We nah fi go ah club or pool party or nowhere special fi party. We keep we party with all five people. From we have our music we just party. We nah fi have a selector and them ting deh. We just a play music inna we car and hold a vibes.”

Now known as “The Ravin King,” Popcaan followed up this past November with "Party Shot (Ravin Part 2)" on T.J. Records’ Smudge riddim. “Me and TJ have a very good chemistry as you can see,” he adds, “cause we do a whole heap of hit songs.”

 

In Jamaica we say ‘Yo, the party bad, mad, the party shot, the party buck, the party tun up.’ It’s just exaggerating to say how nice the party is.

 

“The party shot like a M16,” Popcaan says with a laugh. “That mean the party is a good party. Yeah, the party mad. Me ah teach you—when me say party ‘buck’ or party ‘shot’ or when the party ‘tun up,’ all of them mean the same thing. Like how in Jamaica we say ‘Yo, the party bad, mad, the party shot, the party buck, the party tun up,’ it’s just exaggerating to say how nice the party is, you know I mean?”

Since the release of “Ravin” everything in Popcaan’s life tun up, but he’s not letting the sudden success go to his head. “Ya dun know people just rate the music. Uzeet? Is just music do everything yunno. You know I mean? Yeah, music is the key to everything. 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 paid off.”