10. Comfort You – Willie X.O, Tory Lanez (2018)
Nigerian afrobeats star Willie X.O scored when he recruited the international superstars Popcaan and Tory Lanez for an instant hit. Popcaan represented his homebase well with ad-libs heard throughout and a sultry final verse to close out the party vibes.
9. Dun Rich – DaVido (2018)
This was a pretty memorable collab with Popcaan and Nigerian singer/producer Davido. The upbeat record is a single from Poppy’s 2018 Forever project, which went on to hold the No. 2 spot on the Reggae Albums chart when it released. The track represents a celebration of two rich and vibrant cultures as seen in the music video, which was shot in Lagos, featuring an array of beautiful and strong Nigerian women. (CB)
8. Saturn Barz – Gorillaz (2017)
Popskull joins unruly British virtual rockers Gorillaz, proving he’s unstoppable in any genre. Weaving his gritty success story into the electro-ambient tune, he helped push the track to #1 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart, number five on the US Hot Rock Songs chart, and land on Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of 2017 list. (SL)
7. MURDA – Preme, French Montana (2020)
MURDA was definitely one of the standout tracks on Popcaan’s chart-topping FIXTAPE. Like recruiting foreign gorillas, Popcaan added the stealth, raspy tones of Canadian rapper, Preme and the easy sways of US rapper, French Montana to somehow stir dark, malevolent feels upon listening. (CB)
6. Kisses For Breakfast – Melissa Steel (2014)
What better way to land a summer banger than with one of the hottest Dancehall artists around and on the shores of Helshire Beach in Jamaica. British singer Melissa Steel’s smash hit Kisses for Breakfast with Popcaan garnered rave reviews for its “summer, island feels” when it was released in 2014. The “sugary melodies and sexy innocence” of Steel’s first single were likened to early Rihanna by UK outlet Maximum Pop! The Unruly Boss’ brisk bars powered up the track which peaked at number ten on the UK Singles Chart.
5. Risky – Davido (2019)
Nigerian star Davido is one of Popcaan’s more frequent collaborators and both titans score with this alluring afrobeats track. The video contains big screen tensions and thrilling plot twists that make the overall effort a winner. (SL
4. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) – Jamie xx, Young Thug (2015)
Hats off to Popcaan on this one, the 876 Gad flexes some pretty slick bars alongside Young Thug on this already pulsating banger produced by Jamie xx. Filmed in New York and Jamaica, the new music video captures both artists in their own districts reciting the lyrics on the rhythmic beat that is nothing short of euphonious. The track released in 2015 as the third single from Jamie xx’s debut studio album, In Colour, and entered the U.K. Singles Charts and Australian ARIA Charts. (CB)
3. I’m In Control – AlunaGeorge (2016)
English electronic dream team AlunaGeorge tapped the 876GUD to amp up this synth-pop bop with his inventive flow. Listen as Poppy’s shouts, “All night me ah gi yuh love” full throttle before the pulsating beat drop. The track was certified Sliver in the UK and peaked at No. 18 on Billboard’s US Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart. (SL)
2. So What – dvsn (2020)
Canadian R&B singer and producer duo dvsn (pronounced ‘division’) and Popcaan teamed up for So What in 2020. Popcaan’s patois ad-libs match the dulcet sways of Daniel Daley’s tones on this one. The deejay’s bars, though unfailing of his lewd lingos, were also tailored just right for this R&B cut which basks in the glow of Dancehall.
1. TWIST & TURN – Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR (2020)
TWIST & TURN (and ALL I NEED) are Popcaan’s first formal collaborations with Canadian rapper and OVO boss Drake. The melodic patois delivery on this hooky, hypnotic number made it an instant hit from FIXTAPE. The lethal OVO posse cut landed on Barack Obama’s 2020 Summer Playlist, and peaked at No. 32 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Songs chart. (SL)