Sean Paul Calls Out Justin Bieber, Drake For Lifting Traditionally Caribbean Sounds
If the 2016 trop-house and island-inspired pop craze has already made a disciple out of you, Sean Paul would like you to reexamine your fascination.
Paul, who last released an album in 2014, resents the "tropical house" term, and says it appropriates a sound that Caribbean artists have been perfecting for years. He told The Guardian that island musicians are often unable to capitalize on their craft by performing in the United States (criminal records block many from obtaining visas). And now that the dancehall craze has caught on Stateside through pop artists like Justin Bieber and Drake, Paul is criticizing the acts for lifting the sound, and calling on them to give credit where it's due.
"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,” he said. “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."
Featured on Sia's Billboard No. 1 hit "Cheap Thrills" and Major Lazer's "Come On to Me," Paul says the American radio trend is a dilution of authentic dancehall tones. But the "Get Busy" singer concedes he is at least happy the genre's roots are getting attention commercially.
"Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with trap, and that’s fine with me,” he says. “Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t."
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