Popcaan, Chromatic Liberates long-awaited “Yiy Change FixTape”
International dancehall artist Popcaan has released the third installment in his well-anticipated mixtape collection. The project, dubbed the ‘Yiy Change Fixtape ’ is a joint project of Producer, Deejay and his collective Chromatic Sound, Creep alongside his newest recruit Travis.
Mixtapes have formed part of Popcaan’s musical roster since 2010 when the very first tape, produced Chromatic Sound under the instruction of dancehall giant Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, called ‘Hot Skull, Fry Yiy, Boil Brainz ’ was released.
He then followed up with the ‘Yiy Change’ mixtape in 2012 and since then, it became something the artist’s fans have clamoured for. Mixtapes form a very important part of Jamaican music and culture and Popcaan’s tapes in particular have formed a long-standing part of his career. In fact, it was the release of these projects coupled with the fact that Popcaan’s single “Only Man She Want” was topping the Billboard charts at the time, that caused the introduction to International rapstar Drake.
“They [Drake and his team] were attuned to Dancehall at the time and Skull was at the beginning stages of becoming what he is now – the hottest Dancehall artiste out there. They saw the Unruly Camp as the Jamaican version to theirs,” Creep said. “The 2012 mixtape was a real culture shifting one for Dancehall.”
The project is composed of unreleased tracks, freestyles, dubs and interludes/skits. It has been 5 years in the making and they finally found the time to settle and get it done. The Unruly and Chromatic Camps isolated themselves together in Popcaan’s home parish of St. Thomas for a few weeks, where they went through beats and shared ideas in order to put together the final project. Visuals from the time in St. Thomas will accompany the release and will be put out as a mini-documentary series. The project is in partnership with OVO Sound, which Popcaan has been signed to since 2018 and Popcaan’s own Unruly Entertainment. It features cameos from various local and international acts including new members of the Unruly Camp – namely Quada, Unruly Cuzz, Shev, Frahcess One and more.
The Chromatic deejay collective was conceptualised and created in 2005 Warren “Creep” Lee who recruited fellow deejay and friend, Nicholas “Niko” Grant as one of the very first members. Their tagline ‘The Ultimate’, is indicative of their intention to always be the best music brand. They always had an edge that promised a transition to bigger and better. From their early days being in the forefront of the mixtape scene to presently being Jamaica’s most popular sound system, Chromatic produced the catalogue of highly celebrated mixtapes featuring Vybz Kartel and Popcaan that have gone viral globally. They are now a team of 7 who not only provide their version of ‘the ultimate’ experience wherever they go but have also changed the game with their brand of events, namely ‘Pan Di Plaza’ and others.