Sean Paul Puts Modern Jamaican Reggae on the Map

They've been instrumental in his key pursuit outside of music as a competitive water athlete. Paul spent much time as a teenager in the pool playing for the Jamaica national water polo team, as his father and grandfather had before him. His mother, meanwhile, was a backstroke swimmer.

Some of Paul's fans might also be surprised to learn that he worked as a bank teller and went to hotel management school for two years, he says.

No matter what he has been involved in, he has maintained his passion for music. "I was doing music even while I was swimming. ... Unless you're Mike Phelps, there isn't that much future in swimming," he says.

But Paul's future in music looks bright, and it could be because he doesn't take his fans for granted. "I just know that fans aren't easy to come by," he says, "and you have to work to keep that respect and love."

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