When Fuse caught up with Sean Paul to talk his new album Full Frequency, we also chatted with him about his 2003 smash hit album Dutty Rock for our Throwback Thursday-themed digital series Backatcha.
In this episode, Paul walks us through his international breakthrough and his 2003 collaboration with Beyonce on her debut album.
"On [Dutty Rock], I was getting to work with heroes and people I never even though I'd meet," Paul tells Fuse. "When I did 'Baby Boy' [with Beyonce] people would come up and tell me, 'Now you're a star.'"
When Dutty Rock nabbed Best Reggae Album at the 2004 GRAMMYs, Sean Paul's starpower was official. But because of time constraints, the GRAMMYs don't give reggae album winners time to speak, and he never got to deliver an acceptance speech. So 10 years later, he tells Fuse what he wanted to say back then.
"Reggae GRAMMY? I never thought as a kid [this would happen while] listening to the Bob Marley, Lieutenant Stitchie and Papa San and Shabba Ranks and Super Cat. These dudes is my heroes, dancehall heroes, and I salute them. They're people who influenced me to be what I am today. Big up to them. That's the GRAMMY speech I probably had in my head and never got to say. We still are honored every year, but we're not allowed to say boo on the stage, so thank you, Fuse, for letting me say it now."
For more of Sean Paul's recollections on Dutty Rock—and to peek a picture of him in Costa Rica back in 1998—watch Backatcha above.
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