Sean Paul On Today’s Artists Doing Dancehall Music: “They Don’t Understand It”
While many of are enjoying the sounds of Drake’s new album thanks to songs like Controlla and Hotline Bling, there are some people who don’t like the dancehall influenced tunes, and Sean Paul is one of those people.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, the Jamaican recording artist spoke about the resurgence of dancehall music, which Sean Paul helped popularized in the early 2000s thanks to hits such as Get Busy and Gimme the Light. When first speaking about his career decline he stated:
“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.’”
He then spoke on the success of Drake and Justin Bieber who have used island influences in their music:
“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.”
“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with trap, and that’s fine with me. Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”
Do you agree?