Tuesday 1 December, 2020

Sean Paul slams Drake, Kanye on dancehall appropriation

Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul said although dancehall has made leaps and bounds, he feels like the artists that have brought the genre to where it is today have not been properly recognised.

Paul, who will be performing at Bestival in the Isle of Wight, told the Guardian he’s aware of the use of reggae and Caribbean beats in songs from leading musicians such as Justin Bieber, Kanye, and Drake, but said these artists rarely credit their sources.

“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.”

Paul also criticised Canadian rapper Drake: “I love some of his songs but I don’t think he’s the best rapper,."

He referred to the bashment hooks and patois phrases used in 'Views From The Six' as exploitation.

He acknowledged however that the music is adapting.

“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,” he said, referring to his new album which he is currently working on.

Paul and his wife Jinx are also expecting their first child early next year. 

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