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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

    Top Jams [Explicit]

    Top Jams [Explicit]
    1 song

    Workout Songs

    Workout Songs
    1 song

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

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