By Carmen Shardae Jobson
VIBE: Snoop Dogg has become Snoop Lion for 2012! What are your thoughts on that?
Sean Paul: I think it's great! He's doing what he feels to do. Now Snoop Dogg is the epitome of what the people call "gangsta rap, so big ups to him. He's sold millions; everybody knows his name. Everybody and their mom knows his name. Like my mom will be like, 'Oh, I like that song.' And I'm like 'Well what about it do you like?," and she'll say 'I don't know, I just love Snoop!' So he's a global phenomenon and for him to want to do reggae, let him do it, it's not like he's giving up on rap. He's just trying something different and people are talking [mess] about it and then can't even step on his shoelaces!
Like what happens in the music business is that you try to do something different and it takes a cutthroat person to try and kill them and their career. Do what you want to do! Talk about what you want to talk about! He's always been into reggae music, appreciated the culture. The people saying negative things are just hating. That's another things about social media. It has watered down the feedback of what artists receive sometimes. People can play jokes on artists on Twitter and poke them, all kinds of stupid shit. You couldn't do that before. I don't really care what people have to say about Snoop. They haven't walked in his shoes. He went through a murder trial. He's done so much different shit. He helped to bring the Crips and the Bloods together. And people are sitting in their room, talking shit, I don't care about what they have to say. It's not [just about] what you've done, or what you're doing, it's about where you're at right now.