Dancehall phenom Sean Paul is riding around town proud these days. Forget his groundbreaking success, or his reign in the game, and never mind the platinum plaques and the Grammy, or the new Escalade ESV and CLS 500 he’s pushing. No, this Caribbean sensation is content knowing he’s fully representing his beloved Jamaica.
“My [latest] album is called The Trinity for three reasons,” explains Sean while kickin’ it with DUB. “It’s been [four] years since Dutty Rock (Atlantic/Wea, 2002) hit the streets. This is my third album, and it was made entirely in the Third World, in Kingston, Jamaica. I’m trying to tell people, this Trinity, this Third World thing is hot. People get upset when I say Third World. I tell them, ‘Don’t get upset, my Third World people, I’m representing for all of us.’”
Released in late September under Atlantic/Wea, The Trinity chimed in as the most successful reggae debut and single week sales for a reggae artist in SoundScan history, selling over 107,000 in its first week with the help of its lead single “We Be Burnin’.” After the multi-platinum success (six times to be exact) of Dutty Rock in 2003, which spawned the hit singles “Gimme The Light,” “Get Busy,” “Like Glue,” “I’m Still In Love With You,” and “Baby Boy,” Sean is once again setting the stage for the West Indian wave.
“Dancehall and reggae are basically the same thing,” he says while adjusting the seat in his’05 Cadillac Escalade ESV. “Jamaican music always had different names, but it’s all Jamaican expression. Dancehall is just the latest expression; it’s the youngest thing that’s the culture of Jamaica, and reggae is the father. Dancehall is what hip-hop is; it’s street language.”