Sean Paul is no stranger to hit records, and his latest LP, Tomahawk Technique, will no doubt house its fair share of memorable cuts. Still, no matter what the season, one of SP’s biggest tracks will also be “Baby Boy,” his 2003 collaboration with Beyoncé. Not only did the track earn the pair some major airplay and RIAA hardware, it also got the rumor mill spinning.
Though Sean Paul appeared in the track’s video, which was directed by Jake Nava, he and the pop queen were filmed separately. “The whole direction of the video was sold to me as, ‘You’re in a dream world,’ ” Sean Paul said when he appeared on “RapFix Live” on September 12. “It was not a big deal to me, but it really blew up into crazy stuff.”
When SP wasn’t onstage with Beyoncé for her 2003 MTV VMA performance, many speculated that B’s now-hubby Jay-Z had blocked the Jamaica-born dancehall star from getting his shine on. But on “RapFix Live,” Sean Paul denied those rumors.
“That’s a rumor that started. I’ve known Jay-Z from before I knew her,” he said, recalling a time that he sat in Hov’s former Roc-A-Fella offices getting lessons on radio politics from the iconic MC.
They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, so rather than address the rumor, Sean Paul just let it linger. “The general public blew it up in certain things. I just remained quiet about it for years because it was doing its work. There was just a lot of controversy,” he said. “She’s an amazing artist, the song was at #1 for like nine weeks, so that was a very special time for me and for dancehall.”
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