Popcaan is perhaps the biggest artist to rise from under Vybz Kartel wings. But the former Portmore Empire deejay has been getting some bashing from Gaza fans in recent months for abandoning his mentor after his arrest in 2011.

Earlier this year Vybz Kartel released a statement condemning Popcaan and Tommy Lee for what he called a betrayal.

In the lengthy statement, Vybz Kartel had said both artists are no longer members of the Portmore Empire and should refrain from saying their members of the Gaza.

In a recent interview with Onstage’s Winford Williams Popcaan finally spoke out on his feeling regarding Vybz Kartel’s recent conviction and subsequent life sentence.

“It’s straight sadness,” Popcaan said. “It’s not a good thing for the music because Vybz Kartel is the main artist that really hold up the business on a level so without Vybz Kartel things are kind of different. So it’s all sadness all the way around because Vybz Kartel bring out Popcaan in the world so me and them man their thing different still.”