Hollyscoop got the chance to talk one-on-one with him to discuss what we can expect from the new record. As fans of Sean Paul may know, he hasn’t released a studio album since 2005’s The Trinity. So we’ve been patiently waiting, and wondering what’s taken him so long!
Sean Paul told Hollyscoop exclusively, “Sometimes you’ve got to wait on good things. Good stuff.”
Well, we’ll tell you first hand that the four year wait was well worth it. We’ve all been getting down to “So Fine” for months now, but you’ll love the slower, feel-good track “Hold My Hand,” featuring the it-girl of the moment Keri Hilson.
All of Sean Paul’s tracks exude that Jamaican influence, which he’s become known for. When we asked how he felt to have so many other artists follow in his footsteps, like Sean Kingston, and even Rihanna.
He told Hollyscoop, “I feel good. I feel good about being up there on the ladder waving the flag. That’s kind of all I really wanted to do when I was a swimmer for Jamaica and played water polo. That’s all I wanted to do. I wanted to come back home and be like, ‘Yeah, we did something.’”
As for Sean Paul’s early musical inspirations, he said, “Definitely looked up to Bob Marley, looked up to Super Cat….Shabba Ranks—biggest voice that ever lived—God bless him….In the hip-hop industry, I looked up to Slick Rick, LL Cool J, Run DMC… I’m influenced by so many things.”
Well, Sean Paul has been really successful in the music industry, but we wanted to know if he had any interest in pursuing other avenues.
He told Hollyscoop exclusively, “Lately I’ve been bored lately and drawing on caps. I’m putting out a cap line soon…probably by early next year.”
Another thing Sean Paul is well-known for is his dance moves. We asked him to show us the hot new dance steps, so we could attempt them out at the clubs.
We can’t give away his secrets---you’re just going to have to watch the video!! Sean Paul’s album Imperial Blaze is out in stores and on iTunes today, but in the meanwhile, check out our exclusive video with him below...