When we first stumbled upon Lucas DiPasquale, the young Torontonian was making waves with acoustic versions of popular dancehall songs. On a viral dormroom rendition of Popcaan's "Party Shot," for instance, he stripped the breezy party anthem down into a light ditty made extra intriguing by his attempts at mastering Jamaican patois. A year later, those post-Karmin bedroom vibes have paid off: DiPasquale has a deal with Universal Music Canada, a buzzing name in Jamaica and beyond, and collaborations with the likes of Konshens and Kardinall Offishall under his belt. In the video for the Popcaan-guested "No Talking," premiering today on The FADER, DiPasquale remains faithful to his acoustic guitar, but takes it for a trip to Jamaica, where he and Poppy revel at a late-night rave and request no talking inna di club.
For his part, DiPasquale is appropriately cognizant of his blessings thus far. "Obviously it's been an honor to work with an artist like Popcaan, considering how much he's doing and how talented he is, but the song is also getting a lot of love in Jamaica and that makes me feel very fortunate. Shooting the video was mad. I'm still a fan so it was crazy for me," he gushed over email. A true rags to reggae fairytale.