Sean Paul Turns Up the Temperature With ‘Scorcha’ Album

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For two decades, Jamaican rapper and singer Sean Paul has kept the party going with hits like his No. 1 singles “Temperature” and “Get Busy” and collaborations with major artists from Beyoncé to Sia. He’s continued to make music in the years since his radio domination, and today, the dancehall pioneer is back with Scorcha, his eighth studio album.

Scorcha is the second entry in Paul’s recent return to music: he released his previous album Live N Livin’ last year, marking his first LP release in seven years. And while Live N Livin’ featured appearances from respected dancehall and reggae artists, Scorcha is a notably more radio-friendly record, with guests including Gwen Stefani, Ty Dolla $ign, and Tove Lo, as well as artists steeped in the dancehall scene like Damian Marley and Shenseea.

Paul admitted ahead of the album’s release that Scorcha represents something entirely different for him.

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“I make party music — something where people can forget about their problems and throw yourself into the party on a weekend — but this album shows a lot more growth as well,” he said. “I’ve been a thoughtful person for many years, and it’s not been reflected in my music, so there are some songs like ‘Good Day’ and ‘Calling on Me’ — that’s a song about being there for each other, about family. ‘Borrowed Time’ is a party track, but there’s something deeper in there. It’s talking about cheating. I came to the realization in that song that it’s not satisfying, that shit.”

When looking back at his success in the 2000s and the popularity of other artists incorporating dancehall and reggae elements into their music, he admits his frustration with having to fight even harder for a spot that was rightfully his just a few years ago.

“The music blew up and I had 10 successful years of being played on the radio in America. After that, it became harder and harder. I thought ‘Oh, I’ve got to blend my music with this dance music now just to get heard?’” he said. “It’s been feeling that people are taking it away from us, because if you’re getting on the radio and you’re telling me dancehall’s not getting on the radio anymore…don’t tell me our stuff don’t work.

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