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Sean Paul

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.

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Thursday
May 2, 2024
7:00 PM

House of Blues Orlando
Orlando, FL
United States

Friday
May 3, 2024
8:00 PM

The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Miami Beach, FL
United States

Sunday
May 5, 2024
8:00 PM

Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre
Atlanta, GA
United States

Tuesday
May 7, 2024
8:00 PM

Leader Bank Pavilion
Boston, MA
United States

Thursday
May 9, 2024
7:00 PM

Brooklyn Paramount
Brooklyn, NY
United States

Friday
May 10, 2024
8:00 PM

The Fillmore Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
United States

Sunday
May 12, 2024
8:00 PM

Echostage
Washington, DC
United States

Tuesday
May 14, 2024
7:00 PM

The Fillmore Detroit
Detroit, MI
United States

Wednesday
May 15, 2024
8:00 PM

Radius Chicago
Chicago, IL
United States

Friday
May 17, 2024
7:00 PM

Fillmore New Orleans
New Orleans, LA
United States

Saturday
May 18, 2024
8:00 PM

The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Irving, TX
United States

Sunday
May 19, 2024
7:00 PM

Stubb's Waller Creek Outdoor Amphitheater
Austin, TX
United States

Monday
May 20, 2024
8:00 PM

713 Music Hall
Houston, TX
United States

Thursday
May 23, 2024
7:00 PM

Fillmore Auditorium
Denver, CO
United States

Saturday
May 25, 2024
7:00 PM

House of Blues Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
United States

Sunday
May 26, 2024
8:00 PM

The Van Buren
Phoenix, AZ
United States

Thursday
May 30, 2024
7:00 PM

House of Blues Anaheim
Anaheim, CA
United States

Friday
May 31, 2024
8:00 PM

The Masonic
San Francisco, CA
United States

Saturday
Jun 1, 2024
8:00 PM

SOMA
San Diego, CA
United States

Sunday
Jun 2, 2024
7:00 PM

Hollywood Palladium
Los Angeles, CA
United States

Friday
Jun 14, 2024
7:00 PM

The Ritz
Raleigh, NC
United States

Sunday
Jun 16, 2024
8:00 PM

The Fillmore Charlotte
Charlotte, NC
United States

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