Nov 27, 2014
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Posts tagged: Sean Paul

First Resort: Rockhouse Gives Back to Negril

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Sobe Kelly Knight

As one of the Caribbean’s finest and most innovative hotels, Rockhouse in Negril, Jamaica attracts a loyal clientele of celebrities and other financially endowed folk who come for the first-class accommodations and dynamic cliff-top location, but come back for the authentic links to Jamaican culture people tend to forge there. Such friends are good to have when you also have a charity foundation the mission of which is to help support and rebuild schools and other local infrastructure, as Rockhouse owner Paul Salmon does. Drawn by food from Miss Lily’s (in which Salmon is also a partner) and performances by dancehall stars Sean Paul, Gyptian and rapper-turned-folk-type-dude John Forte, guests including Matt Dillon, Spragga Benz and lots of people we recognize but can’t necessarily name helped raise $135, 000 for the Rockhouse Foundation at its annual fundraiser at Joe’s Pub in NYC. Jamaican model/personality Tyson Beckford and DJ Sky Nellor hosted the event, while sounds were supplied by LargeUp friends Max Glazer and Rob Kenner. Scan below for some of these familiar faces but, before you do, take some time to watch this video about the Foundation’s recent restoration of the Negril Library, the town’s oldest structure.

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Genius of Dub: Exclusive Q+A with Engineer Steven Stanley

Words and Interview by Sherman Escoffery

Considered one of the best audio engineers in the Caribbean by many artists and producers, Steven Stanley has recorded, mixed and sometimes produced for acts including Black Uhuru, The B-52’s, Grace Jones, Shabba Ranks, Gwen Guthrie and Sean Paul, to name a few.

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Toppa Top 10: Supa Dups’ Top 10 Jamerican Collaborations

Selections by Supa Dups, Words by LargeUp

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Swim Good: Sean Paul Reps for Water Polo in “Cap Campaign”

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.

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Bashment 101: Heatwave Pen the Ultimate House Party How-To

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:

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Audio: Stream Sean Paul’s “She Doesn’t Mind”

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.


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