Has anyone ever wondered why out of all the songs Beyonce has in her hit catalog, she performs “Baby Boy” at every tour she’s done but she has only performed it with the artist featured with her on it, Sean Paul, once?
The reason why may not be farfetched as dancehall superstar Sean Paul has revealed that he had to draw upon his innate ability to be diplomatic, after coming to the realization that Jay-Z did “not want him anywhere near Beyonce”, during the time when they were promoting their Baby Boy single back in 2003.
This may also explain why Beyoncé never got close to the popular dancehall singer in the music video for the song, which is not uncommon.
Sean actually confirmed in a recent interview that while Jay, who actually has a co-writer credit on the song, was fine with them collaborating, he didn’t want them to get close.
The Temperature artiste was speaking with radio announcer Wesley “Burgerman” Burger in an interview on the Two Live Crew program on Radio Jamaica on Thursday when the host brought up the subject midway through the discussion.
Burger told Sean Paul,
“One a di time when Baby Boy did come out, mi did vex yuh nuh, caw mi a seh a wha happen to dem people deh ova suh? Like dem nuh rate our artiste, you know dah likkle video suppm deh. Mi neva feel good bout it enuh, but mi a seh, mi like how di General (Sean Paul) deal wid it though.”
“Yuh si weh you seh? You neva feel comfortable. Me neva feel comfortable needa, but mi jus use my diplomacy all di while an guh roun any likkle obstacle weh me have inna life,” Sean Paul responded.
Burger then pressed on adding that he believed that Jay-Z felt discomfiture about having Sean Paul in Beyonce’s presence for protracted periods, because he was threatened by the Dutty artiste’s good looks and the fact that he was Jamaican man.
“To me, dat man (Jay-Z) neva want you around dah lady deh yuh nuh,” Burgher said, to which Sean Paul responded: “Yes, to me that was something that was apparent at the time,” before adding: “Wi know that artistry is artistry suh a nuh everytime dem ting deh gwan.”
Jay-Z earned the wrath and ridicule of Jamaicans back in 2003 after news surfaced that he demanded that Sean Paul not be featured on the pop queen’s 2003 MTV Video Music Awards performance, as he was jealous that his then-girlfriend (now wife) might become attracted to Sean Paul.