Drake has received plenty of criticism from those who think he is appropriating dancehall and Sean Paul is the latest voice to join in that discussion. He explains his problems with the Toronto rapper, Justin Bieber and others for using the genre without credit.
“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.”
“I love some of his songs but I don’t think he’s the best rapper,” he continues.
As Paul works on new music, he understands the importance of keeping up with trends in order to maintain relevance. He’s worked with Wiz Khalifa and Blood, the producer who crafted Bieber’s “Sorry.” He believes he can serve as the much-needed link to the genre’s origins.
“I call a spade a spade,” he says. “I’m a straightforward person and not going to try to play hypocrite because I’m hoping Drake is going to put me on a record or Rihanna is going to put me on a record. I’m just going to be straight up if it’s bullshit. If it’s bullshit, it’s bullshit. First of all, I don’t have a problem with anyone who does Dancehall or Reggae music or artists who cover Dancehall or Reggae music as long as people are recognizing where it’s coming from and giving the artists their due.”