Jamaican dancehall star Popcaan made one of the genre’s best albums by any artist in years, and one of the best albums of 2014 period. Considering Where We Come From was the Portmore artist’s debut album, it’s a pretty impressive feat. It works because even though as a whole, the album has a consistent style and point of view, there is something on it for everyone.
Standout single “Everything Nice” is an uplifting challenge for people to find peace and positivity, even in the face of life’s day-to-day struggles. Club-ready dance tracks like “Love Yuh Bad” and “Waiting So Long” prove Popcaan is a true ladies man with an ear for raw, energetic hits. Hip-hop fans will gravitate to the effortless cool of “Hustle,” a muddier rap song with a featured verse from Kanye-affiliate Pusha T. He addresses Jamaica’s youth with compassion on songs like “Tired of Crying,” and connects his home country’s problems to those in the rest of the world on “The System.”
Poppy’s greatest accomplishment on this record, though, is balance. In 2014 more than ever, it’s clear that one style of music does not fit all. Where We Come From spans the entire spectrum of human emotion. We’re not always angry, we’re not always ready to party. No matter where your head is at, playing this album in its entirety reminds you to look at the bigger picture. At the end of the day, Popcaan would remind you to keep your sights set high. Way up!