Grammy nod the icing on the cake for Sean Paul
Based on Sean Paul's track record at the Grammys, one might think that whenever he releases a new album, the coveted golden gramophone is on his mind.
But in an interview with THE STAR recently, the entertainer, who has been nominated eight times, said when he puts out a project, he just wants it to be his best effort.
"A Grammy is always icing on the cake for me. I don't aim for it. I just try to make a 'good cake' and if they gimme it, then that's great. I think the substance of the cake, the music will always speak for itself," he said.
His latest album Live N Living is due out on March 12, and he said if it nabs a nomination, it would hold a special place in his heart.
"I really believe in this album. This is an album uniting dancehall and kinda trying to stress the point of collabs and working together. I really have a lot more heart in this album than I have had in quite a few years," he said. "Every year one person wins a reggae Grammy and that's it, and there is sometimes great debate and controversy surrounding who shoulda win, etc. This is an opportunity for a lot of artistes to get to that level and be endowed as a Grammy-nominated artiste."
Sean Paul revealed that when he was an up-and-coming artiste, he never necessarily got the kind of support he would have loved to help him 'come up' in the industry.
"Don't get me wrong, because I got a lot of encouragement from people like Round Head, Spragga Benz and other elder deejays in the business, but I never got the kinda 'take under the wings' kinda thing and so I am trying to do that for some," he said. "I been doing it with (Chi Ching) Ching for a while and I hope that with this album, I can shed some light on some of the careers of the younger acts like Intence."
Sean Paul told THE STAR that many of the young acts today, like Intence, have gained the attention of the local music consumers, but he wants to help them expand into the international realms.
Live N Living will feature a string of collaborations with 21 dancehall and reggae artistes like Damian Marley, Buju Banton, Skillibeng, Masicka, and Bugle.