The "Get Busy" hitmaker tells PEOPLE he "ran to the door jamb" when the earthquake hit Kingston, Jamaica
Sean Paul wasn't expecting an earthquake to interrupt his latest interview.
During a live conversation with Vice Documentaries' Dan Zabludovsky and musician Tofu Jack via Twitch on Monday, the dancehall icon abruptly logged off as a 5.4 magnitude earthquake impacted his home in Kingston, Jamaica.
"Oh s---, we're having an earthquake," said Paul, 50, as he quickly got up from a chair in his Dutty Rock home recording studio, before he was disconnected from the call amid a discussion about making music in Jamaica.
The Associated Press reported the earthquake's occurrence. While there was no serious damage, the outlet noted that people had to flee buildings, and intense shaking caused power outages in the area.
"Damage has been minor, but nevertheless, we are taking all precautions," said Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness following the earthquake, per AP. "I want to say to all Jamaicans, remain calm."
Paul provided a statement about the incident to PEOPLE.
“Yeah, we been having those in Jamaica since I was a kid, that wasn’t the strongest one I’ve ever felt but it was kinda long and that surprised me," he said. "I did what I always do - run to the door jamb. As fast as I could! Nah ramp with it (*meaning I wasn’t gonna play with it*) yeah that’s what I did - ran to the door jamb the safest place in the house!"
Before his unexpected exit, the "Temperature" singer was in the midst of a reflective discussion elaborating on the contents of his 2022 Vice documentary about the story behind his song "Get Busy."
The short film revealed the rapper, born Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques OD, doesn't say his own name in the introductions of many of his hit songs — contrary to popular belief. He actually references Guyanese cricket player Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who did inspire Paul's stage name.
"There's a famous cricketer in Trinidad [named] Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Everybody was like, 'Sean da Paul,' and that name stuck," he explained in the documentary.
Since their names share a similar pronunciation, Paul adopted the moniker as a staple for much of his music.
He added: "Then I just started to say it in shows and met the dude Chanderpaul years later, and he's like, 'Yo!' But yeah, big up to Shivnarine Chanderpaul."
After the documentary premiered, Paul commented about the revelation in a cheeky Twitter post, writing: "If u didnt kno ~ now you kno: big up #Chanderpaul."
The mention of Chanderpaul's name has appeared in Paul's music for over 20 years since he first began to rise to fame in Jamaica — where he still resides today.
"A lot of people ask me why I still live here," Paul said. "These people made me. They built me into what I am today."
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