Label: Mixpak
Released: June 10

With the release of Popcaan's debut album, Where We Come From, there's been a lot of buzz about dancehall crossing over on a bigger scale than ever before. Like a Jamaican Drake, Popcaan is multi-talented, a singer and rapper who can hit you with an immediate pop hook ("Everything Nice") or a love song ("Love Yuh Bad") one minute, and mix gangster tales with Pusha T ("Hustle") the next. And, like Drake, Popcaan's secret weapon is the executive producer. His own Noah "40" Shebib is New York's Dre Skull, the boss of Mixpak Records. He incorporates hallmarks of hip-hop production and forward-thinking electronic music without ever losing the album's grounding force of traditional reggae and dancehall riddims. This is the sound of global pop music, and we're definitely on board. —Alex Gardner