Sean Kingston, the17 year-old Miami born, Jamaica bred artist, is not just a new face in popular music; hes accomplished the rare task of creating a new genre where rap, reggae, pop, doo-wop and remarkable songwriting all combine into something totally refreshing. Add in Seans family roots, which cite Jamaican legendary producer Jack Ruby as his grandfather, and you have one of the most exciting debuts this year. And while hip-hop lyrics have sparked the biggest debate in years, Sean finds himself in the center of the controversy - but not where you might think. The teen prefers to show his creativity without using profanity.
Its no wonder then that Sean is quickly becoming a household name with his first single Beautiful Girls, a song cross-pollinating on both urban and pop radio stations coast to coast. The unmistakable hit boasts the instant hook of Stand by Me which acts like a muse for the song produced by savant J.R. Rotem. Sean, who is the flagship artist on J.R.s label Beluga Heights, will release his debut album Sean Kingston on July 31 via Beluga Heights/Epic.
I heard the track Stand By Me, one night in the studio while listening to the radio and asked J.R. if anyone had ever used that sample. He made the beat immediately and I wrote down the lyrics within an hour it happened very quickly. I loved the way it turned out and I think my sound is a lot different than what else is out there. It all just worked and we knew we had something special with the track. Im also singing about something people can relate to Im singing about being in love with someone who you think is your world but they dont see it that way and you have to end the relationship.
wants to make it clear that he is no cookie cutter artist that has the songs
mapped out for him - he comes up with 100 percent of his lyrics. Sean also
understands that as a 17 year-old making urban music he has a responsibility
to fans, With this album I thought it was important to not use curse
words or negative language that might offend people. I write my own songs
so its like if I can write a great track without using those words,
then thats the style for me. Sean continues, As an artist,
my whole goal is to make powerful and classic album. I want everyone to feel
my music and understand my heritage and thats what this album will do.
The music is all about the authentic Sean Kingston vibe. J.R. is a talented
dude and a dope producer and he heard that I had something different to offer
from other artists out there. Together were a powerful force and Im
ready to share it with the world.
He had a real distinct sound, Rotem remembers. I worked with some of the best and I dont see why Sean cant grow to be one of them. His potential is limitless. Rotem invited Sean for a meeting in Los Angeles; coincidentally the young performer was already in the process of moving to California. Shortly after their initial meeting, Rotem had his flagship artist for his Epic records joint venture, Beluga Heights. For Sean, it was a prophecy beginning to be fulfilled. Not only is music his love, it is in his blood. Now Kingston says hes looking forward to making timeless music and living out his dream.
In just a short time, Kingston has already done what few in his age bracket can accomplish - get people excited about music again. His album is shaping up to be filled with a string of hits including the second single Me Love, Got No Shorty, Theres Nothin featuring Paula DeAnda, I Can Feel It and Take You There.
Perhaps one of the most eye opening tracks is Dry Your Eyes where Sean visits the hardship of watching his mother and sister be sent to prison when he was just 15 years-old. He sings to his mother and tells her not to be saddened that shes away from the family and to know that theyre always there for her.
I always had my brother, he began to explain. But when my mother and sister went away, it took a lot out of me. My sister went away for four months and my mom has been away for over a year now. When she went away, I thought to myself, this is too much. I was only 14. I missed her like crazy but I pulled through and used it as my motivation. Dry Your Eyes is a defining song on the album for me because it touches on something thats very personal to me and the dope melody thats on there makes me feel even closer to it.
Sean has a certified hip-hop knocker on his hands with the reggae remix of Colors (Reggae Remix) which features the legendary Vybz Kartel and the always profound Kardinal Offishall. The track, which was released this past Spring, was received really well by the industry as a first look from Sean and will appear on his album as a bonus track. Unity and representation is where Colors came from, Kingston elaborated. The song is about representing whatever flag that youre loyal to whether it is Jamaica, the States, your block etc. Its a lifestyle record that can be a street anthem no matter where youre from and where you at now. The reggae version came up because I wanted to do something special for my roots in Jamaica. The first person I thought of was Vybz Kartel. His verse came out crazy. Then Kardinal, thats my homie, really attacked the track.
the future I want to have my own label and work on the business side,
he said. I went to acting school when I was younger, so I want to revisit
that one day. I want to get into every aspect of the business and see where
it takes me. Im grateful for the fact that my music is able to bridge
genres Im ready to do that will any business opportunity that
comes my way its always been important to for me not to limit
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3. Take You There
4. Me Love
5. Beautiful Girls
6. Dry Your Eyes
7. Got No Shorty
8. There s Nothin
9. I Can Feel It
10. Drummer Boy
11. Your Sister
12. That Ain t Right
14. Colors (2007) (Reggae Remix
featuring Vybz Kartel and Kardinal Official)
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