By Jessica Savrock
For Blue Weekly
Sean Paul take the stage tonight at the BJC with special guest Bubba Sparxx.
He brought a reggae sound to the American pop-culture scene earlier this decade with the release of "Dutty Rock," which included tracks such as "Gimmie the Light," "Like Glue" and "Shake That Thing." His 2005 album "The Trinity" has spent more than 21 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart, with titles including "Temperature" and "We Be Burning." His single featuring Keyshia Cole, "Give It Up To Me," is currently No. 3 on the Billboard Top 100 chart. And tonight, he will rock the Bryce Jordan Center with special guest Bubba Sparxxx.
Sean Paul has become an idol among U.S. fans who enjoy his Jamaican approach to pop music and for international artists trying to break into the American music scene. He shares with Blue Weekly some of the secrets of how he became the star he is today.
Blue Weekly: Tell me a little bit about how you got into the music business.
Sean Paul:I used to beat on desks at school and make up songs with my friends at lunch time ... kind of like a Jamaican cipher. Then I started making dub plates and drops for sound systems and radio jocks and appearing at small dances and BBQs and it grew from there.
BW:I've read that you're the first reggae artist to ever appear on the cover of Vibe magazine, and are the most successful Jamaican artist of all time on the U.S. charts. What advice do you have for young, international artists trying to make it in the business?
SP:Man, just be yourself and keep on trying.
BW:You've obviously been very successful in breaking through from a reggae artist to an internationally known star. How difficult has this journey been?
SP:It has been a natural journey. I just make music that people all over the world seem to be able to relate to ... even though sometimes it's only the chorus they can understand.
BW:From where or whom do you get your musical inspiration?
SP:The kids in Jamaica making crazy beats and the legends in the reggae biz, like Super Cat, Stitchie and Shabba.
BW:You've had numerous achievements over the past few years, including a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album for "Dutty Rock," three No. 1 singles and five Top 10 hits. To what do you attribute your success?
SP:My formula is being true to what I am. I still use Jamaican producers and write songs that people from New York to London to Kingston (Jamaica) to Toronto can relate to.
BW:Of which achievements are you most proud?
SP:Performing with Sting at the Grammy's is up there ... and it's a beautiful thing to be able to take my culture to the world through TV, radio and the press.