(GEMS RADIO) –Almost 20 years after the “Baby Boy” collab between Beyonce and Sean Paul and the whirlwind of rumors alleging that the pair hooked up at one of their studio sessions, Sean Paul is coming out to speak of the rumors and the debacle that ensued.
The Jamaican dancehall artist spoke with The Daily Beast about his rise to fame as one of Jamaica’s biggest pop star export.
Only Performed The Song Three Times Amidst’ Strange Things Happening’
The 2003 collab with Beyonce was the elephant in the room. He noted that the grapevine surrounding the two caused the pair to perform the song together only three times amidst a series of strange things that happened as they performed.
“Strange things started to happen at the performances, which was weird,” he said. “We went to L.A., and I did my show, and then she was performing, and they told me to stick around because we’ll do ‘Baby Boy.’ We do it, and I run out there, and the crowd goes wild, but after a while, it seems like I lost their energy.”
He continued, “And it’s weird because I was going wild out there. When the song finished, I came backstage, and my own band was all pissed off, like, Man, that’s f**ked up. You heard yourself? We couldn’t hear you in the crowd. Your mic was off. I was like, How the f**k did that happen?”
Sean Paul still didn’t think his performance was being sabotaged until his audio began glitching while performing the track in an MTV performance in Scotland. At this point, Bey pulled him backstage and demanded answers from the ongoing rumors.
“So, we go back and talk, and she’s like ‘What’s all these rumors about?’ and I’m like ‘Yo, I’m not saying shit,’ and she’s like ‘These rumors f**k with my career. I just want you to know that.’ I was like, ‘They don’t f**k with mine.”
Sean Paul Was Denied Permission To Perform The Song Alongside Beyonce
Sean Paul would later be denied permission to perform the track again alongside Beyonce. He also admits he has no idea why his audio was tampered with or how the rumors started.
“It’s weird,” he said. “Maybe it had something to do with her management at the time, which we found out later has been a tumultuous relationship for the both of them.”
When asked if the rumors were true that he hooked up with Beyonce, the dancehall artist laughs, “Nah! I wish I did! She’s beautiful.”