One-time popular Jamaican artist and acclaimed Dancehall King, Sean Paul laments.
The Jamaican star in a recent interview with the Guardian UK lamented his dwindling fame and poor performance in recent times.
In the interview, he spoke out about a few new generation artists who have appropriated the dancehall sound without acknowledging its roots.
Sean Paul took the world by storm with his 2002 debut album, Dutty Rock. with hit songs Get Busy, Baby Boy featuring Beyoncé and Breathe featuring Blu Cantrell.
The album was hugely successful, with hit songs Get Busy, Baby Boy featuring Beyoncé and Breathe featuring Blu Cantrell.
Over a decade ago, Sean Paul defined the dancehall genre in the 2000s.
The Jamaican artist has criticized artists Drake, Justin Bieber and Major Lazer for lifting dancehall tunes without giving credit.
Sean Paul Henrique in the interview said:
“Since about 2009, I was fighting that worry that I wasn’t relevant no more.
“It does stress you out at times. I was like, ‘I was up here and now I’m nothing to people.’”
His last album, Full Frequency released in 2014, sold fewer than 5,000 copies in the US.
Sean Paul Laments Dwindling Fame
In 2015, the Grammy award-winning performer left his record label and became an independent artist for the first time in a decade.
Sean Paul accused Drake, Bieber and Major Lazer of not giving credit for their dancehall tunes.
“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it.
“A lot of people get upset, they get sour.
“And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did—they take and take and don’t credit.”
The Jamaican also admitted that he is a fan of Drake.
According to him, he loves some of his songs but does not think Drake’s the best rapper.
Sean Paul went on to explain how he feels artists are appropriating dancehall.
Sean Paul Laments Over No Credits From New Artists
“Dancehall is back but this time, it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with trap, and that’s fine with me.”
Speaking about his source of inspiration and love for marijuana, he admits that he has quit smoking weed due to asthma.
He, however, revealed that:
“Oh, I still like to get high, it helps with the creativity.
“Except now I just have it in tea.”