The man that once said that Jamaicans should go and “suck dem mada” is now whining and complaining that Jamaicans don’t show him enough love.
Sean Paul went crying to the Jamaican Gleaner, a publication that throughout history has been about as anti-Jamaican as Sean Paul. The Grammy winning artist told the Gleaner that even though he has tried his best to represent Jamaica and reggae music to the fullest, Jamaicans have not reciprocated the love. He says that people have always question his “Jamaicaness” and his loyalty to the country.
“I must care what people think of me,” he said. “It does feel a way when people say I am not Jamaican. I mean, if you walk out a road and you have on you top dress and you know you look your best, and yuh walk outta road and people criticise it to your face and tell you that don’t look good, you must feel a way. But, personally, in life, I try to not let what other people think of me bother me.”
The artist never touched on any of the controversial discussions around his success, like does he think his ethnic background has anything to do with his success or does he believe he is as talented as the Black dancehall artists in Jamaica; like Vybz Kartel, Bounty Killer, Sizzla, Capleton and others. Of course an uptown tabloid like the Gleaner would not dare ask any uptown celebrity those questions.
Sean Paul then went on to say that even though Jamaicans have hurt his feelings, he was prepared for by his mother who went through the same thing.
“On my mom side, she got a bit of a fight because she is an artist. She paints and so she knows exactly what it feels like to pour your emotion into something and then somebody tells you that it’s not good enough, or the public might tell you they don’t like it,” he said.
“She prepared me for that, though, by telling me the stories of her trying to put on her first art exhibition and people being critical of her work, and so she was fearful and mindful of me getting into this kind of industry. I have no regrets, though. I think that life is to be lived and I think that we in modern-day society put too much on having to be right or put too much energy in places where it really doesn’t matter.”
In fairness to Sean Paul, he and Shaggy as waved the Jamaican banner higher than anyone else in recent times, outside of Usain Bolt and Bob Marley who continues to wave the banner even in death. While we at 18 Karat Reggae love and respect Sean Paul’s music, it is just very distasteful to see a grown man whining about not feeling any love from Jamaicans.
Disclaimer: There might also be some hating on our part, as we wish we had gotten the interview instead of the Gleaner.