Exclusive Look Into Sean Paul's Upcoming Album
I had the opportunity to interview Grammy-winnng Jamaican artist Sean Paul recently after his performance at the international reggae festival Sum Fest for Vibe Magazine.. Known for infusing dancehall and reggae elements into mainstream pop and hip-hop styles, Sean Paul has been an acclaimed rapper, singer, and producer since his first album dropped in 2000. Since then, he has collaborated with an abundance of acclaimed artists, such as Sia, Little Mix, Migos, Clean Bandit, Dua Lipa, and Tory Lanez, tp further propel his career. Sean Paul recently signed with Island Records, a division of Universal Music Group, and hopes to drop his seventh studio album in 2017.
Please read below for an exclusive look into Sean Paul's upcoming album and future plans.
Bukunmi Grace (G): So what have you been up to since the last Sum Fest?
Sean Paul (SP): Since the last Sum Fest, I’ve being doing quite a few songs and touring a lot. I’ve been working on an album that I wish to drop next year.
(G): What singles have you dropped so far?
(SP): We’ve dropped singles such as “No Lie” with Dua Lipa and “Tek Weh Yuh Heart” with Tory Lanez. There’s a song with Migos out right now. We’re just trying to drop stuff out there in different genres that are dancehall and hip hop oriented. Also, I took it to a pop level so I can basically [collaborate with] a person like Sia, Dua Lipa, or Shakira with [an upcoming single] and represent dancehall on a pop level. I’ve just been working on crossing different genres while putting my own unique stamp on it.
G: I find it interesting how you stated mid set that 'you’ve got mad love for Jamaica, but Jamaica hasn’t supported you,' specifically with radio airplay. Why do you think that is? Is it the system or the listeners?
SP: There’s a breakdown [that occurs] sometimes when there’s too much of certain things. So sometimes there’s too much songs, there’s too much artists, there’s too much digital. Everybody’s trying to hustle their thing and the lines get blurred. People question, “are you a producer or are you a musician? Are you an artist or are you a songwriter?"
G: So there’s an issue with people constantly trying to box you into a category?
SP: Yes, so everything’s all scattered. It causes confusion at times, so they don’t play things that are hard to place. I mean, there’s new artists everyday and they cannot fight that. You have to make noise if you hear there are good artists and good songs out there they’re not playing.