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Sean Kingston

A self-proclaimed product of his past, rapper Sean Kingston's history helps describe his sound. Born in Miami, Florida, then raised in Kingston, Jamaica from the age of six, he mixed more than a little dancehall and reggae into his hip-hop. The hard lyrics come from a hard life, which included incarceration, homelessness, and growing up a lot faster than he should have. His young parents didn't play teen pop or teen rap while he was being raised, so he absorbed the adult lyrics of Buju Banton, Ice Cube, and Rakim. He also lived the lyrics and landed a breaking-and-entering charge at age 11. Twenty-one days in jail, boot camp, and living in a car while his mother was incarcerated on an identity fraud rap all followed. None of it swayed the youth against hustling; it just pointed him in a different, more lucrative direction. Taking his ability to write rhymes and hooks, he started working Miami's talent show and showcase circuit hard, eventually sharing the stage with Pitbull, Ludacris, and Trick Daddy. Producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Rihanna) caught his demo and signed the young rapper to his Beluga Heights record label right before the major-label bidding wars were to begin. The Sony imprint Epic won and introduced their new artist in the spring of 2007 with the single "Colors 2007," featuring the Game and Rick Ross. Although he sounded much older, Kingston was only 16 years old when the track landed. With his second single, "Beautiful Girls," he took a sample of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and twisted it into a huge hit. This more polished, smoother, and less hardcore stance suited the singer and figured heavily into his self-titled debut full-length. His sophomore release, Tomorrow, arrived in 2009 and featured the singles "Fire Burning," "Face Drop," and "My Girlfriend." In 2013 the single "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," with special guest Nicki Minaj, appeared, along with his third album, Back 2 Life. ~ David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring
Sean Kingston

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Hot Summer Hits

    Hot Summer Hits
    2 songs

    Workout Songs

    Workout Songs
    1 song

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    1 song

    Office Friendly Jams

    1 song

Albums by
Sean Kingston

Top Songs by
Sean Kingston

  1.   Song
  2.   Beautiful Girls
  3.   Fire Burning
  4.   Take You There
  5.   Letting Go (Dutty Love)
  6.   Me Love
  7.   Beat It
  8.   Dumb Love
  9.   Face Drop
  10.   Party All Night (Sleep All Day)
  11.   Rum And Raybans by Cher Lloyd
  12.   Ice Cream Girl
  13.   Drummer Boy
  14.   Beautiful Girls Remix
  15.   Dry Your Eyes
  16.   Chance
  17.   Kingston
  18.   Save One For Me
  19.   War
  20.   That Ain't Right
  21.   Ayo (16th Floor)
  22.   Over
  23.   There's Nothin featuring Juelz Santana
  24.   Colors (2007) featuring Kardinall Offishall
  25.   Got No Shorty
  26.   All I Got
  27.   Back 2 Life (Live It Up) by T.I.
  28.   Letting Go (Dutty Love) featuring Nicki Minaj by Nicki Minaj
  29.   Wrap U Around Me
  30.   My Girlfriend
  31.   Can You Feel It
  32.   Change
  33.   Trust Me
  34.   Wait Up
  35.   Shoota Luv by 2Chainz
  36.   Seasonal Love by Wale
  37.   How We Survive
  38.   Ordinary Girl
  39.   Smoke Signals
  40.   Bomba
  41.   Hold That
  42.   Welcome to Tomorrow
  43.   Twist Ya Around
  44.   Shoulda Let U Go
  45.   Magical
  46.   Intro
  47.   Girl
  48.   Why Can't We Be Friends by Jasmine V
  49.   Gotta Move Faster
  50.   Your Sister
  51.   There's Nothin
  52.   Breather
  53.   Why U Wanna Go
  54.   Tomorrow
  55.   There's Nothin
  56.   Island Queen

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