Rihanna, who is originally from Barbados, jetted to Jamaica for business and pleasure, where they penned their collaborative hit single “Break It Off” and traveled around for adventure.
“She came to Kingston and we took her on jet skis, we took her to the clubs, and then she came reluctantly to the studio because she was just having so much fun exploring, but yeah it was one of the most memorable collaborations because she came and she saw the things that we love to do, she’s dope,” Sean Paul recently told Nick Grimshaw of BBC Radio 1 Breakfast show.
The Jamaican entertainer recalled Rihanna’s visit to Jamaica as a significantly memorable moment due to the fact that he would usually travel overseas to work on collaboration or utilize the internet.
“It (‘Break it Off’) was my favorite collaboration because most of my collaborations before had been done through the internet,” Sean Paul revealed.
Sean Paul recollected when he traveled to Miami to collaborate with Pop superstar Beyonce on their smash hit “Baby Boy” in 2003.
“I flew to Miami to do a song with Beyonce, and I’ve flown to loads of other places, but none of them actually came to Jamaica,” he explained.
“Me and Rihanna just kept seeing each other when touring and stuff and she was a young Caribbean artist from Barbados and she said to me a lot of her generation in Barbados look up to Jamaica and Jamaican artists and she just wanted to come for a long time. I love the opportunity for people to come and see where I’m from and how I see the world and picture it from how I do,” Sean Paul added.
Having made history in 2014 with the longest run on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with Bailando, a collaboration with Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul is breaking barriers and tapping into new markets for Jamaican music.
Sean Paul remains the only Jamaican to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favourite Pop/Rock Male artist and also the first Jamaican to be featured on the cover of Vibe Magazine.
His energetic delivery of chart-topping hits also led to him being the first Jamaican to perform in Kazakstan as well Madagascar, increasing his fanbase and international reach.