While Sean Paul and other DJs are quick to capitalize on the lucrative potential for overlap with hip-hop, if anything, current dancehall's debt to American pop is shrinking. Whereas a few years ago Jamaican DJs were falling over each other to proclaim themselves "gangsta," the predominant mood of the last year has been buoyant, with an avalanche of tracks devoted to dancing itself—often hyping up a particular new dance style, from the butterfly to the blasé. Rappers are usually reluctant to directly acknowledge the purely physical component of their music, perhaps for fear of marginalizing their personas; but so much of Jamaican DJs' personality is located in the very sound of their fervent torrent of words that their sense of self seems... More >>>