There probably aren't any major modern hitmakers who come across as more laid-back than Jamaican dancehall pop don Sean Paul.
Everything about his deep and dreamy vocals and loose-limbed demeanour exudes chilled charisma but his sharp mind glints through as soon as he starts chatting – he'll reel off a potted history of music from ska to hip hop in a few minutes (complete with dance moves).
Having achieved serious success so far (more than 10million albums sold including his 2002 breakthrough Dutty Rock and 2005's platinum The Trinity), he's breezily assured about his fourth LP, the regally titled Imperial Blaze.
'Dancehall is the most underground music in the world and its artists are the most under-represented,' he says.
'I've always tried to make music that sounds like dancehall but seems different as well. I feel like the new album shows much more mature swagger – it's definitely party music but it's deeper.'
Sean Paul definitely set a precedent in bringing dancehall to the transatlantic mainstream, not only as an exotic guest star (although he has collaborated on smash hits with the likes of Beyoncé and Blu Cantrell) but as a star performer in his own right; he's now the most successful Jamaican artist ever on the US charts. Continue reading the article at www.metro.co.uk...