Dance star Sean Paul has slammed rapper 50 CENT's hardman image - even though he respects the hip-hop star's music.

The GIMME THE LIGHT star has been a fan of Eminem's protege for several years, before 50's single IN DA CLUB launched him to widespread international success.

But Sean labels the violence surrounding the rapper "stupid".

Paul says, "I used to listen to 50 Cent's mix tape and albums like GUESS WHO's BACK, before he blew up. He's about the street and his music carries a real raw element of hip-hop.

"I appreciate him as an artist, but I think the violence that surrounds him is just so stupid."

06/02/2004 17:29