As dancehall veteran Sean Paul joined the hosts of the Breakfast Club for an interview on Wednesday (April 27), the artiste shared a few of his plans for the near future.
Speaking with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy and Angela Yee, the deejay, who had not travelled for the past two years, said he had a fear of travelling due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Was a two-year period, man, I was scared and I still am kinda that way, in terms of just touching outta road for the first time. Is the first five shows in a row we’ve been doing.”
The DJ attributed time and experience to his current confidence with travelling.
Currently on the Scorcha tour, to promote his upcoming album of the same name, the deejay noted that he communicated to his managerial team his desire to tour mostly in the US rather than making several appearances in other countries.
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“I kinda said to the team this year I want to be in the States a lot more instead of travelling all over the place so log. It’s a territory that propelled me to be huge, I wanna pay attention to that, you know. People in the States always telling me, ‘yow, I wanna see you perform here’,” he explained.
He continued: “Haven’t performed here for a while. So shows like Boston and Connecticut and Brooklyn to kick it off has been awesome.”
The Scorcha album, which will be released on May 27, is the eighth studio album for the artiste.
In explaining how he came up with the album title to Billboard earlier this year, the artiste said “because I’m a hot boy and I’m still fresh and I keep on doing my thing”.
He added: “There are times where I need to present an album and get some money from the label. [But] I’m doing this from the perspective of that euphoria that I want you to feel.”
Also on the artiste’s agenda is Reggaeton superstar Pitbull’s Can’t Stop Us Now tour, on which Sean Paul will join the American rapper for shows in September and October.
Both Sean Paul and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea will make special guest appearances on select dates.
Asked about a possible Verzuz battle, the “hot boy”, although not a fan of musical clashes, said if he were to choose an opponent, it would be fellow dancehall veteran and international superstar, Shaggy.
Although fans would undoubtedly love a Verzuz faceoff between the two icons, it doesn’t appear that the battle will ensue.
“It’s part of our (Jamaican) culture that I never felt to partake in,” Sean Paul said in commenting on clashes.
“For me, clashing is very technical, it shows people[‘s] skill[s] a lot. I get the love for it, I get the hunger for it. But, for me… it feel[s] like almost slightly disrespectful to the artiste and the producer,” the Get Busy hitmaker explained.