Dutty yeah! The Jamaican born rapper/singer Sean Paul has made a tremendous mark throughout his career and has collaborated with a number of artists, including Beyonce, Akon, Snoop Dogg and Rihanna. Here are Sean's biggest nostalgic club bangers.
1. Deport Them
In the late ’90s, Paul was a bald-shaved, baby-faced loverboy proselytizing the hollowed-out cadence and bark of dancehall OGs like Super Cat and Shabba Ranks. "Deport Them" was the first single released by Sean Paul from his debut album Stage One.
Originally released in 1998 and reached number 80 on the Billboard R&B chart in 2000. The song was briefly featured in the 2003 film 2 Fast 2 Furious. Sean appeared in the 1998 film Belly, and used a sample from a song on its soundtrack, "Bashment Time" by Mr. Easy and Frisco Kid, in "Deport Them".
2. Gimme the Light
The song that started it all, this was Sean's first hit single, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also becoming a top 20 hit in the Netherlands, UK and Canada. The song was included on Billboard's 12 Best Dancehall & Reggaeton Choruses of the 21st Century at number three.
2. Get Busy
"Gimme the Light" was his first hit, but Get Busy really made the world sit up and take notice. The dancehall track's success was helped by that distinctive beat that sounds like really fast clapping – known as the "Diwali Riddim", fact fans – that was a huge sound in the early Nineties, and behind many other big hits. "Get Busy" topped the Billboard Hot 100 at number-one for three weeks from 10 May 2003, preceded by "In da Club" by 50 Cent and replaced by "21 Questions" by 50 Cent featuring Nate Dogg.
3. Like Glue
"Like Glue" was produced by Tony "CD" Kelly, and written by Kelly and Sean Paul. Lyrics from "Like Glue" were originally the intro to "Gimme the Light" until Sean Paul expanded it and made it into a full song. Lyrically, the song refers to how Sean Paul doesn't care what people say and that he has to stick to his girlfriends "like glue". The single peaked at #13 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and achieved success worldwide, becoming a top ten hit in Switzerland, UK, Canada and Ireland.
This big one got even busier than, um, "Get Busy" and "Like Glue". It went all the way to the top! Sean's first number 1 in (UK R&B charts, UK Single charts, Romania and Europe charts) thanks to the sassy dulcet tones of Blu Cantrell and the scorching summer of 2003, where R&B ruled supreme. Mariah was getting down with Busta Rhymes, Beyoncé was going Crazy in Love, and Sean and Blu were ruling the charts.
4. Baby Boy
From Blu to Bey – 2003 was a good year for Sean. This follow-up to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" peaked at number 1 and the pair got to rock with a perfoance at that year's MTV EMAs.
"Baby Boy" topped the US Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks and was Sean Paul and Beyoncé's longest-running solo number-one single until 2007.
5. We Be Burnin
"We Be Burnin'" is the first single from Sean Paul's third studio album The Trinity. It achieved success worldwide, becoming a top-ten hit on at least ten national music charts, including those of Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States.
"Temperature" became Sean Paul's biggest hit single in the US. Even though it only spent one week at #1, "Temperature" showed extreme longevity on the Billboard Hot 100, spending 17 weeks in the top 10. Until Nelly Furtado and Timbaland's "Promiscuous", this was the longest run in the top ten for a single in 2006. It became Sean Paul's first single to sell an excess of one million digital downloads, earning platinum certification.
7. (When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me
The single meant to be released after "Temperature" was "Breakout", but was switched to "Give It Up To Me" to promote the film Step Up (2006). The single climbed as high as number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart upon its release in the U.S. in the summer of 2006. This became Sean Paul's 6th Top 10 hit and 1st Top 10 hit for Keyshia Cole.
What's your favorite Sean Paul song?