Sean Paul stopped by Two Bees, where he clarified earlier comments regarding Jay-Z being jealous of his Beyonce collaboration and revealed why he would never participate in a VERZUZ battle.
While Sean Paul has tremendous respect for the VERZUZ platform, he’s personally not interested in battling other artists. He’s more interested in promoting unity in the community and “clashing against the culture.”
“I agree that at this point, it holds us back. What it did make us was potent emcees because I had to be ready if anybody would come for me,” he said about clashing. “But when you look at [me], Shaggy, Koffee, Konshens, Charlie Black, Gyptian, Serani, none of us clashed. And all of us stream amazing numbers. I’m one of the bigger ones, so I would beg to differ that clashing actually pushed the whole genre somewhere.”
When it comes to Jay-Z, he put rumors to bed that Hov was jealous of his sexy collaboration with Beyonce on “Baby Boy.”
“There were incidents that did happen when we were supposed to perform the song that was weird, so maybe that started rumors, and they took it and flew with it,” he said.
Sean Paul added, “What I was saying was there was the MTV Awards in Europe, the Pro Tools started to skip while we were on stage and millions of people were watching us. It was weird. I never heard of that happening. Pro Tools don’t skip; you have to program it.”
He explained a second instance where they were supposed to perform the hit record, and there were technical difficulties that prevented it from happening.
“Also, my microphone was off in California. We did a Jingle Ball over there for one of these big stations, and I couldn’t hear myself because I’m on the stage, and they had the feedback speakers. The crowd couldn’t hear me at all. There were a couple of instances I spoke about and said maybe those things caused rumors. But nothing ever happened [between] me. We did a sexy song, and the world loved it.”
He went on to say that both Jay and Bey are talented and super-focused individuals and that there are no issues between them.