Sean Paul is insisting that Dancehall artists who attempt to construct their careers by participating in clashes with different entertainers, are doing themselves extra hurt than good.
In line with the Grammy-winning artist, these conflict lyrics have by no means propelled any entertainer to the highest of worldwide music charts, or earned them cross-over success, radio airplay, big document gross sales, or excessive streaming figures.
An unrelenting opponent of clashing, Sean Paul, who has constantly preached for extra collaborations over divisiveness, mentioned the artists who’re seeing big gross sales figures and excessive streams, are those that have remained ‘clash-less’.
“Plenty of our increased streaming artistes by no means clashed in any respect. Myself, Shaggy, Koffee, Charly Black, folks like Gyptian, Serani; all of them obtained on main radio stations and if you’re an artiste an you perceive what it’s to be on a playlist. Elephant Man – I don’t keep in mind massive clashes with these artistes I discussed. Perhaps one or two scuffles right here and there, but it surely wasn’t the principle focus of their profession,” Sean Paul informed journalist Anthony Miller on Tv Jamaica’s The Leisure Report not too long ago.
“The artistes who’ve accomplished that, I don’t see them streaming as a lot. It brings folks to have a look at you, however does it convey them to purchase, which is basically what we are attempting to do to maintain this complete factor going?” he added.
Sean Paul additionally decried the brand new low to which conflict lyrics have sunk over the previous couple of years, with artists dragging their counterpart relations’ names, together with kids and fogeys into their mess.
“You’ll be able to nonetheless go arduous; you may nonetheless signify your self and go very deep along with your lyrics and really potent with out being derogatory – calling different folks mom identify; calling their youngsters names. That is what our clashing has gone to now. And late[ly], I’ve simply been very bored with it,” he mentioned.
The Wolmer’s Excessive College outdated boy additionally pushed again in opposition to the notion of Dancehall being in decline, regardless of few indicators of successors displaying any of the business clout displayed by artists like himself and Shaggy over the past twenty years.
In line with him, the style is properly and alive, some extent he got down to make in his new Live N Livin album, for which the entire tracks, apart from one, are collaborations with Dancehall/Reggae acts.
“This music that I like put me on the map, took me to sure locations. The producers – Steelie and Clevie, Sly and Robbie, folks like Bobby Digital, Tony Kelly – all of those folks kinda from simply even educating me, put me the place I’m, and now folks name me this legend or this international ambassador for the music. And once I hear folks say ‘oh the style is lifeless, as a result of a di numbers’, that is my reply to it. We’re her; we’re reside and livin; verify di pulse,” he mentioned.
Sean additionally doubled down on his statements that there have been not sufficient collabs being accomplished in Dancehall, and this was additionally contributing to the view by those who the style was on a downward spiral.
“For us to work collectively brings again a power and a spotlight as to Dancehall itself. And chatting with Buju, chatting with Junior Gong, chatting with Shaggy over time, it comes up in conversations so typically. We don’t do sufficient collabs as a style, the Dutty Rock artist said.
“We see Reggaeton do it; we see different style do it, particularly the extra city forms of music and it labored. And I for one collaborate with many individuals all around the world… The collabs with me and Mr. Vegas took me to the place I’m; collabs with me and Sasha took me to right here I’m now. So I actually have the assumption within the music; I’ve the assumption within the artistes out right here and that’s sufficient for me,” he added.
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