Sean Paul’s 2003 collaboration with Beyoncé was a massive hit and is a fan-favorite even two decades later.
But the iconic International artist recently opened up about his gripes with the collab.
Apparently the singer’s then-boyfriend, JAY-Z is the reason they rarely perform the song together.
“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,” said Paul to Dancehallmag.
The host of the Too Live Crew, Action & the Burgerman radio show added that the Brooklyn rapper was jealous and didn’t want them spending too much time together.
“Yes, to me that was something that was apparent at the time,” he said, adding, “Wi know that artistry is artistry suh a nuh every time dem ting deh gwan.”
Bun B had a similar experience following his collaboration with Beyoncé and Slim Thug, “Check On It.”
“This is in New York. So we’re on the set and we’re filming the video, and if you look at the video, there’s a lot of kind of skimpy outfits. Queenie is there also, so it’s not like I’m there salivating over another woman,” Bun says, referencing his wife’s presence at the shoot. “But we’re like, ‘Whoa, this is crazy. Beyoncé’s dancing in this short skirt and she’s dancing in like a bikini,’ type of thing, you know.”
The Trill OG began setting up the vibes on set of the Hype Williams-directed video. “While all of this was happening, I think this is the scene with the chair, so it’s like her and several other girls and they all have these short skirts on and they’re all dancing seductively on the chair. They’ve got a leg up on the chair so you can kind of see some thigh and maybe a little bit of butt if you’re staring hard enough, and Jay-Z calls and talks to one of her assistants,” Bun continues. “If I had to guess it would’ve been her cousin Angie that he would’ve talked to because Angie has always been a right hand to Beyoncé. He’s like, ‘Yeah how’s the video going, what’s going good, are the guys there?’ All the guys that are with us are the only men there. Well, let me say this: there were other men there, but they weren’t straight.”
The racy scene prompted Hov to protect his then-girlfriend and have all the men cleared out of the room. “So they immediately come over to us and they kick all of us out to our dressing rooms and we’re told to stay there until we have to shoot. We’re not allowed to watch Beyoncé dance anymore,” Bun says.
Bun B says Beyonce eventually came over to them to apologize and explain what happened. ‘I’m so sorry you guys had to leave the room but Jay’s not comfortable,’” Bun recalls her saying. “And we’re all like, ‘We understand fully, that’s no problem, we’re happy to be here.’”