By Steve Osaka
Jamaican Dancehall artist Sean Paul has disclosed how Jamaican-American reggae musician Shaggy shaped his musical journey.
The dancehall Star in a recent interview said Shaggy and renowned poet Mutabaruka were the first ones to show interest in his talent.
Sean Paul stated that Shaggy was the first one to listen to his demo tape, and it was Mutabaruka, then a radio Host cum Dj who played his first song, which later led to the attention he needed to get into the mainstream world.
“My first song that played on the radio was that demo and there is a dub poet in Jamaica who had a radio show that he would play different conscious material and back then my songs were really conscious… I was talking about how Jamaica needed to be one country instead of being so divided, so this dub poet took my song, I gave him my test copy, I was still in college at the time and i was there doing homework basically and i remember i gave him a record. And I was like turn the radio on and he was introducing my song! Big up to Mutabaruka he was the first person who played me,” recalled Sean Paul.
The ‘Gimmie Di Light hit maker also delved into his personal life narrating his difficult moments growing without a father figure as his father had been incarcerated while he was thirteen years old and he didn’t see him until he turned nineteen years old.