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Words by Emily Shapiro
In addition to being a Grammy Award-winning reggae artist, Sean Paul is also a champion water polo player and swimmer. He is lending his famous face and boasy style to USA Water Polo’s “Cap Campaign” to help expose the sport in the US and, hopefully, re-define the image of the water polo cap. Sean Paul’s grandfather was on Jamaica’s first water polo team and his parents were competitive swimmers as well, and he believes that playing water polo provided him with focus and discipline: “It’s freaking hard,” he says of the athletic challenge. The campaign, which has the tagline “I AM WATER POLO,” has rallied support from a variety of water polo playing celebs like actor Ted McGinley and actress/model Annalaina Marks. The photos will be circulated in magazines and on the internet. Watch a video of Sean talking about the sport below, and, if you haven’t yet caught his latest tune, “She Doesn’t Mind,” from his upcoming fifth album, stream it here.
Words by Jesse Serwer, via The Guardian
British newspaper The Guardian last Friday tapped our own esteemed Cockney & Yardie columnist and the five-star general of top-ranking London soundsystem The Heatwave, Gabriel Myddleton, along with Heatwave MC Benjamin D, for a highly engaging guide to the art of the house party. Among the “dos” and “don’ts” recommended by Gabe and Ben:
Words By Nico Simino
Sean Paul recently released his first new single in almost two years, and now he’s following it up with “She Doesn’t Mind.” If you were hoping for a pop/dance club banger then you’re in luck, if not, you’re just gonna have to wait for the next tune. Embracing the dance/pop club sound of the last two years, “She Doesn’t Mind” is sure to get heavy rotation in the dance until the new album drops. For the song, Paul seems to be getting in touch with his inner falsetto, hitting more high notes than usual. This might broaden his appeal, keeping him current with the times, but then again he’s always been able to bring the heat.
Words by Mikelah Rose
In the early to mid 2000’s, it seemed like everyone caught a little dancehall fever. Shaggy, Sean Paul and Beenie Man were at the forefront of the crossover movement, and their international success piqued fans’ interest in what was really going on in the dancehall. Fans around the world wanted to emulate styles straight from the source, and people who weren’t Caribbean wanted to rock Puma gear with Jamaican flag colors—well before Usain Bolt was breaking world records.
Words by Jesse Serwer
We’re always going to ride for Sean Paul, just on general principle. Not only was he the most important artist of dancehall’s last great era (we’re ready for the next one) in our opinion, but he’s also one of the nicest, most genuine artists you can meet—never any rock star airs about him. So even if “Got 2 Luv U,” his Stargate-produced single with singer Alexis Jordan, isn’t the comeback tune we wanted from SP (whose last single was the 2009 one drop “Hold My Hand”) we’re not mad at it, either. The Vegas-shot video takes the tune’s glitz pop feel up several notches with scenes of Sean, who’s ditched the cornrows in favor of a mohawk, observing a striptease with a regal scepter in his hand, performing at superclub Haze, and just generally doing decadent Vegas things. Hey, if it ain’t your style, can we suggest revisiting Sean’s first ever video appearance?