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Sean Paul Dutty Rock Review

Album. Released 17 March 2003.  

BBC Review

Fresh from winning the Mobo awards best reggae act 2002, Sean Paul unleashes the...

Darren 'Shaq-D' Springer 2002

Fresh from winning the Mobo awards best reggae act 2002, Sean Paul unleashes the follow up to his first album Stage One with an album entitled Dutty Rock (Dutty is the Jamaican slang for Dirty, for those who dont know.)

Sean Paul Henriques (more commonly known as Sean Paul) began his career as a songwriter but has since found greater success as a performer. His major breakthrough came with the dancehall hit "Infiltrate", which competed with Beenie Man's international smash hit "Who Am I", and was based on the same rhythm.

Sean's style is reminiscent of established DJs Super Cat and Spragga Benz. Aware of these comparisons he has tried to nurture his own unique style and his clear and concise delivery has made a huge impact on the international audience.

Dutty rock commences with a comical intro in which Sean Paul is rehearsing with a British rock band called 'Advanced Alternative' who have misinterpreted the meaning of 'Dutty Rock'. From this point onwards Sean gives us his interpretation of 'Dutty Rock'.

"Shout (Street Respect)" is the first track on the album, it cleverly uses the current popular trend of mixing dancehall, R&B and hindi music. The album features two tracks which are already considered to be dancehall smashes; these are "Gimme The Light" and "Can You Do The Work" featuring Ce'cile. "Im Still In Love With You" which was originally sung by Alton Ellis is another tune which is currently doing the rounds on the dancehall circuit.

The increasingly popular Neptunes have collaborated with Sean Paul and Fahrenheit to give you "Bubble"; this is a mellow dancehall groove which uses a Hindi beat (the constant drum used in this track is known as the 'Tabla').

The album peaks when Sean Paul joins forces with Busta Rhymes for the 'Pass The Dro-Voisier' remix of "Gimme The Light". This remix is a remake of the 2002 dancehall floor filler; the lyrics are completely re-worked in-order to go toe to toe with Busta Rhymes, who handles the dancehall crossover with ease.

Dutty Rock demonstrates Sean Pauls versatility, from dancehall to R&B to hip hop, (he even performs one track in English and then in Spanish). The album is a must have for anyone who consider themselves to be a dancehall fan. It's going to blow up baby.

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