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Sean Paul makes exclusive appearance

September 19, 2018
By CJ HADDAD ( , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

It's a beautiful, sunny day on the shores of Gulf waters.

Outside of his balcony, looking over Fort Myers Beach, he's plotting.

Planning the next move is always important, but even more so for him.

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Sean Paul performing at the Lani Kai Island Resort.

A phone conversation with Republic Records, laying the groundwork for what's next, is on the forefront of his mind.

Sean Paul is a Grammy-winning, platinum selling recording artist-yet the fire still burns.

Walking back into the Lani Kai hotel room, relaxation once again takes over, as he enjoys the scenery overlooking the beach, preparing to meet and greet the fans who have come out to support him.

"Well, it's a nice sunny day. I'm taking it easy. Always been treated good down here so, I take it as a plus," said the Kingston, Jamaica native on how it feels to be back in Southwest Florida.

105.5 The Beat, in collaboration with the Lani Kai Island Resort, hosted Paul for an exclusive VIP event from 6-8 p.m. last Thursday to show some love and share his latest album releases with his fans.

Paul was very gracious of the opportunity to work with 105.5 again, a station that was one of the first in the country to play the Dancehall/hip-hop superstar's tracks in the early 2000s.

"Yeah, that's my home. It feels amazing to be home," he said. "When you go home you relax, you feel like it's your people. You feel like everybody there understands where you're coming from. And you've been trying to spread the message of the culture, in terms of my art work, and when people get it. It feels amazing."

Paul's career really took off in late 2002, with the release of his second studio album,"Dutty Rock."

Chart toppers included "Gimme the Light," "Get Busy," "Like Glue" and "I'm Still in Love with You."

"Dutty Rock" won reggae album of the year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004.

During this time, Paul was featured on the No. 1 hit across all musical spectrums, "Baby Boy" by Beyonce.

His third studio album, "The Trinity," was released in September of 2005, and once again produced hit after hit.

"We Be Burnin," "Give It Up to Me" and "Temperature" were just a few of the titles off the immensely successful album.

In 2016, he was featured on the chart-topping Sia song, "Cheap Thrills."

This past June, Paul released his newest collection of work, titled: "Made Love: The Prequel."

"I worked with a couple different kind of producers to try and make Dancehall from their perspective," Paul said of the new album. "(The) Beatfreaks are kids from Nigeria who live in England and they are definitely afro-beat type producers, who got together with Banx & Ranx, who are afro-Caribbean kids who live in Montreal. So it's a mix. A mixing bowl of different types of production. I think it's a great body of work. Big ups to all the artists that came through on it for me. From Migos to Dua Lipa to Becky G to Jhene Aiko. It's been a crazy ride to know that I've been in the biz for a long time, but to put out a message and say 'Hey, I want you on the track,' and they're immediately like, 'Yes bro.'"

Currently, Paul is working on a music video with Aiko for their collaboration on "Naked Truth," this coming October.

"That's gonna be the next push from my camp, in terms of a single with this EP.

"I'm in the middle of doing a whole album, and I, as usual, like to test the waters with singles and what not. And I put so many singles out off of it, I think it really caused a vibe where, people wanted to get a body of work from it. So, I did," Paul said. "I mean there's younger people checking out the vibe every day because I've done songs with their favorite artists. I wouldn't say that was the objective, but it was what I was kind of looking for. To try to get in young people's ear shot who might think that I don't make music for them. I make music for party people, for people who want to enjoy themselves, for people who feel free. So that's that kind of vibe I'm coming at with this album."

Paul is enjoying the connections he's making with other artists with different, yet similar backgrounds as himself.

He is getting lots of requests to work with lots of different artists, something he takes humbly and is grateful for.

As for one artist he's particularly found a connection with, that kind of surprised him?

"Tory Lanez was one of them. I didn't know if it was going to hit off in the right way. What he added was kinda simple to the song, and that's all it really needed," said Paul of the Toronto native. "I respect him as an artist that can sound different ways, like a mumble type of rap kind of sound, and can spit hardcore lyrics and sound like you know what I mean... anyone would respect the vibes he's doing. He can also sing, and it has a Caribbean kind of vibe to him also, him coming from Barbados. So, it was kind of cool working with him, and I have a lot of respect for his work."

Paul's career has spanned two decades, having won many music awards and setting the Dancehall community ablaze.

Five of his albums have been Grammy-nominated, he's worked with the biggest names in the industry and is continuing to spread his message of good vibes and love.

Paul has taken his opportunities and made the most of them, while also remembering he is not bigger than the stages he takes or the arenas he plays.

"It's pretty cool bro, pretty cool," Paul said of his longevity in the profession that he loves. "The industry is a vehicle for my art work. I think that people take their art work to be the be all and end all. I don't take my art work to be the be all and end all. I know that it goes through a system of people that help me out. Deejays, producers, I've been writing songs with other people right now also. So, I owe it to the fans in general, and I owe it to them, these people (radio station), who keep the thing running when I'm not in the town, not in the city, or when I'm abroad doing a show somewhere else. That I'm being heard, being played, even spoken about by this whole system of people which helps me out. I think that me lasting so (many) years, I think that's me being humble to that system, and knowing my art work is dope. But I'm not the be all and end all of art. Working with the system and trying to get the art work out there through that vehicle is important to me, and I think that people see that and they like to work with me. So it's a symbiotic thing."



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