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Sean Kingston

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

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