Sean Paul On ‘Dutty Rock’ At 20

Twenty years ago, Sean Paul’s sophomore album Dutty Rock brought Dancehall music to the forefront of global, mainstream music. Today, the 49-year-old is still at the “top of the game,” and his contributions to the genre continue to influence musicians across the globe.

On Wednesday (November 16), he commemorated the 20th anniversary of Dutty Rock at Webster Hall in New York City in a celebration hosted in collaboration with New York radio station Hot 97, which Paul thanked for supporting his career.

“Hot 97 is a big station that endorsed me back in the day,” Sean Paul told DancehallMag in an interview in New York. “Everybody’s getting involved now saying they love the new work, and that the past 20 years, they’ve been proud of me. To see the crowd’s reaction and the vibes, and to be here with the full band, it’s been awesome.

The audience at the sold-out Webster Hall was first greeted by DJ Max Glazer of Federation Sounds and CopperShaun, Sean Paul’s official DJ and a producer at his Dutty Rock Productions label. Soon after, Hot 97 DJs Bobby Konders and Jabba entered the stage and stirred the crowd even more.

“I represent the West Indies, and this is a West Indian show,” Jabba said to the audience, while “Massive B” mixed a set of classic reggae tracks. Led by Jabba, waving Jamaican, Guyanese, Trinidadian and Haitian flags, the audience sang Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds acapella in a moment of appreciation for Reggae music.

 A newer addition to the Dutty Rock Production team, singer Ras Ajai, also hit the stage for his first-ever New York performance.

The audience at the sold-out Webster Hall was first greeted by DJ Max Glazer of Federation Sounds and CopperShaun, Sean Paul’s official DJ and a producer at his Dutty Rock Productions label. Soon after, Hot 97 DJs Bobby Konders and Jabba entered the stage and stirred the crowd even more.

“I represent the West Indies, and this is a West Indian show,” Jabba said to the audience, while “Massive B” mixed a set of classic reggae tracks. Led by Jabba, waving Jamaican, Guyanese, Trinidadian and Haitian flags, the audience sang Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds acapella in a moment of appreciation for Reggae music.

 A newer addition to the Dutty Rock Production team, singer Ras Ajai, also hit the stage for his first-ever New York performance.

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