Sean Paul In-depth Biography
Dancehall} superstar Sean Paul} began scoring hit singles in Jamaica starting in 1996 and thereafter steadily began attracting international attention, eventual breaking into the pop} mainstream in 2002 with Dutty Rock}. Born Sean Paul Henriques} on January 8, 1973, the multi-ethnic Paul} (his parents had Portuguese, Chinese, and Jamaican blood) grew up comfortably in St. Andrew, Jamaica, his mother a renowned painter. He was a skilled athlete, excelling in swimming and especially water polo, playing for the Jamaican national team in the latter. Although his education was enough to land a prosperous career, dancehall} music remained Paul}'s first love, particularly crafting rhythm tracks. He became a DJ after he began writing his own songs, patterning his style largely after Super Cat} and finding a mentor in Don Yute}; he also found contacts in several members of the reggae-pop} band Third World} in 1993, which helped open up business connections.
Paul} released his debut single, "Baby Girl,"} with producer Jeremy Harding} in 1996; it proved a significant success, leading to further Jamaican hits like "Nah Get No Bly (One More Try),"} "Deport Them,"} "Excite Me,"} "Infiltrate,"} and "Hackle Mi."} In 1999, Sean Paul} started to make inroads to American audiences; he was first commissioned to collaborate with fellow dancehall} hitmaker Mr. Vegas} on a production for rapper DMX}; titled "Here Comes the Boom,"} the song was included in director Hype Williams}' film Belly}. Also that year, Paul} scored a Top Ten hit on the Billboard} rap} charts with "Hot Gal Today."} Unfortunately, Paul} had a very public falling out with Mr. Vegas} over the packaging of the latter's remix of "Hot Gal Today"}; still, it didn't slow Paul}'s career momentum, as he played the Summer Jam 2000} in New York City, the center of his American popularity. That fall, Paul} released his first album on VP Records}; the sprawling Stage One} collected many of Paul}'s previous hit singles and compilation cuts, plus a few brand-new tracks. 2002's Dutty Rock} and 2005's The Trinity} were extremely successful. Both albums peaked in the Top Ten of the album chart and featured a handful of mainstream smashes. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide