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Sean Paul is king of the Dancehall according to Billboard. How true ?

Sean Paul is king of the Dancehall according to Billboard. How true ?

Is Sean Paul the king of dancehall? This is the question that has sent the dancehall industry into a frenzy.
That is the question a lot of dancehall fans are asking today after Billboard ran an interesting article about Rihanna’s new song “Work” and it’s impact on dancehall.

In the same article, Billboard refers to Sean Paul as the dancehall king, a bold statement that has not been going down well with a lot of lovers of the genre on social media.
For years Beenie Man has bestowed the title upon himself and in recent years fans of incarcerated deejay Vybz Kartel regularly voiced their opinion about him being the dancehall king.

“I don’t think the Billboard is right on this one,” Gregory Isaacs brother/manager, Ruddy Isaacs said. “Man like Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry, those men are the real heroes in dancehall. Man like Shabba Ranks and Ninja Man grow up on the sound systems and deserves credit too, but, for me the real king a still Yellow Man.”

Dancehall Insiders see differently

According to Ruddy Isaacs, brother/former manager of Gregory Isaacs, Sean Paul did not do enough ground-work to be considered the King of Dancehall. He said Yellow Man is still his favourite for the title.

“I don’t think the Billboard is right on this one. Sean Paul nuh inna dancehall like that, mi look pan things different from other people. Mi never see Sean Paul inna dancehall a deejay pon a sound system, Sean Paul is a recording artiste. Man like Josey Wales and Brigadier Jerry, dem man deh a the real heroes inna dancehall. Man like Shabba Ranks and Ninja Man grow up on the sound systems and deserve dem credit too, but, for me the real king a still Yellow Man,” he said.
Veteran producer Clevie of the duo Steely and Clevie did not want to throw any of his peers under the bus. However, he did highlight reasons why Billboard would refer to Sean Paul as dancehall’s king.

“I think it has to do with his international presence, visibility and success. You also have Shaggy and Shabba Ranks who sold records as well. A lot of Shaggy and Sean Paul’s hit records were crossovers, but Sean Paul’s Dutty Rock was pure dancehall and it also did well plus his image helps where ethnicity is concerned. People might view who the king should be differently, but it is all based on the perspective and the measuring stick. Billboard is perhaps looking at it from a sales perspective,” Clevie said.

Source : Bestofelite.com

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March 5th, 2016

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