Jamaica’s reigning dancehall champ Popcaan has been in Drake’s inner circle for quite some time. When the 6 God dropped his surprise mixtape, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, earlier this month, it was clear that he’s more than just a casual fan of Popcaan’s music. Almost all of the dancehall influence and a handful of his patois ad-libs that give IYRTITL its flavor can be chalked up to Popcaan’s influence on Drake—well that, and the fact that Drake is sampling from Toronto’s West Indian population.

The first nod comes through on “No Tellin,” with an OVO Unruly shout out in Poppy’s voice. Unruly is the name of Popcaan’s crew and record label in Jamaica. Then you’ll hit the minute-long interlude toward the end of “Know Yourself.” It’s Popcaan-riffing on an a capella version of his song “Ghetto (Tired of Crying),” one of the tracks that pushed us to rank his debut album, Where We Come From, one of the best of 2014.

In a handwritten note that accompanied the tape, Drake thanked the Unruly boss himself, Chromatics, Aidonia, and producer and studio-owner Jamie YVP who worked at length on Poppy’s debut, among the list of “bad skoolys” who helped make the tape possible:
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