Sean Paul – Hot Gal Today

Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques is a Grammy Award-winning Jamaican reggae and dancehall artist professionally known as Sean Paul. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica into a family of very talented athletic swimmers. Both his father and grandfather were on the Jamaican men’s national water polo team and his mother was a backstroke swimmer. He was raised in Upper Saint Andrew Parish and was geared towards continuing the family’s swimming tradition playing for the national water polo team from the age of thirteen to twenty-one. However, he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. He became a Deejay basing his style largely on the works of Super Cat and Don Yute. Don Yute later became his idol and mentor. In 1996, Sean Paul released his debut single “Baby Girl (Don’t Cry)” with producer Jeremy Harding which proved to be a significant success and led to further Jamaican hits by Sean Paul. In 1999, Sean Paul started to attract audiences in the United States when he was commissioned to collaborate with fellow dancehall hitmaker Mr. Vegas on a production for rapper DMX, entitled “Top Shotter”. Also that year, Paul scored a top ten hit on the Billboard Rap chart with “Hot Gal Today”, which quickly became his signature tune. Sean Paul fell out very publicly with Mr. Vegas over the packaging of Vegas’ remix of “Hot Gal Today”. Soon after, Sean Paul worked extensively with a team of producers and choreographers from Caribbean-friendly Toronto, namely Jae Blaze and Blaze
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