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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

    Top Jams [Clean]

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

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