Sean Paul recently did an interview with The Guardian where he spoke about a range of topics including what music means to him, his break and more. Naturally, one of the points of discussion was artists like Drake doing Dancehall now and the legend had some interesting opinions.
“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,” said Sean.
The Gimme the Light singer’s comments echo those made by dancehall artist Mr. Vegas in May, who slammed Drake as a “fake” for not fully crediting the Jamaican artists he collaborated with on his album.
However Major Lazer, whose track Light it Up features Jamaican singer Nyla and Afrobeats singer Fuse ODG, recently hit back at criticisms of cultural appropriation.
“When I grew up, no one told me what I was supposed to listen to. On the radio, Miami bass was always the thing for me, and heavy metal – that was big in Florida too. My parents listened to country. Rap was on the radio,” Major Lazer member Diplo recently told NME magazine. “I didn’t think: ‘Oh, I’m white, I’ve got to play a guitar.’ I never had a guitar… I wish I got a guitar, then I wouldn’t have so much criticism.”
Paul recently made a return to the top of the charts on singer Sia’s hit single Cheap Thrills, her first ever Billboard Hot 100 number one. He is also working on his new album in Los Angeles and plans to “bring back some authentic dancehall”.