Artist Name: Sean Kingston

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Sean KingstonKisean Jamal Anderson (born February 3, 1990 in Miami, Florida), better known by his stage name Sean Kingston, is a Jamaican-American reggae fusion singer and rapper. He released his debut single, Beautiful Girls, in May 2007 and it managed to rise to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for three weeks. He released his self-titled debut album in June 2007, and then his sophomore studio album, Tomorrow, was released in September of 2009. He has plans to release his third studio album in 2010. In 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncé's The Beyoncé Experience Tour. Kingston also co-wrote Jason Derülo's number one hit Whatcha Say.

Born on February 3, 1990, Sean Kingston spent his early youth in the Half Way Tree section of his parents' hometown of Kingston, Jamaica – hence his name, before moving to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at age six. By 1996, Sean's love of music led him to a prodigious performance of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You", forever changing his path. "My mom heard me, and she started bringing me around to family members. Then, I graduated from singing, and started picking up rapping from listening to Ice Cube and Slick Rick." The gangster raps of Cube and the storytelling of Rick the Ruler had a profound effect on the boy, who also was exposed to heavy doses of Buju Banton, Dennis Brown, and Rakim from his young parents. Not only did their music affect Sean, but so did their traits. "I feel like I'm my father, 'cause I got a hustler's mentality; if I want something, I'm gonna get it. I'm like my mom, because we're picky about what we do, but we're always gonna make the right choice," says the 19-year-old today.

By his early teens, Sean Kingston was performing his raps throughout South Florida. "I did talent shows and showcases, but I never really battled," he says of his effort to get discovered. With Ft. Lauderdale twenty miles north of Miami, Sean has already shared stages with Trina, Pitbull, Ludacris, Pretty Ricky, and Trick Daddy. Like Trick, Sean has definitely felt the allure of street life. Beginning with a breaking-and-entering charge at age 11, Sean has seen his share of trouble. As the youngest of three supportive siblings, this let down the boy's mother, presently incarcerated herself for identity fraud. "I've been through a lot. I did 21 days in jail, been to boot camp, got sent to Jamaica, slept in cars with my family; I had a rough life," says an appreciative Sean today.

Around 2004, Sean began incorporating elements of his Reggae heritage with his rapping abilities. The gifts have allowed Sean's music to have a unique blend of street raps with Caribbean flare and catchy, homegrown hooks. This one-of-a-kind presence eventually led Sean Kingston's music to the ears of chart-topping producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (The Game, Rick Ross, Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Rihanna, Dr. Dre, etc.), who quickly saw potential in the teenage rapper. "He sent me two of his early tracks, and I recorded them, and sent them back in two days," says Kingston. Soon after J.R. and Zach Katz signed the artist to their Beluga Heights record label – and subsequently Cinematic Music Group for Management, a three-way bidding war between Warner Brothers, Atlantic, and Epic/Sony developed.

In addition to having J.R. producing the majority of the album, producers Cool & Dre, DJ Khaled, Just Blaze and others are expected to contribute tracks. In terms of guests, Sean looks forward to appearances by Akon, Rick Ross, Baby Cham and Damian Marley.

As hip-hop moves away from the limited expectations of "kiddie rappers," Sean thinks today's young listeners deserve more, "When people hear my music, I want them to be inspired. Whether a White kid or a Black kid, I want them to know, 'Damn, imagine me being in his predicament.' I want to send messages, and I rep for the streets as a real ass n$#%@. It's all about being true." As most 16-year-olds are concerned with getting a job, Sean Kingston is sitting in the driver's seat of hip-hop's future, and like late great Biggie Smalls, he's got a story to tell.

Top Track of Atist: Sean Kingston

Beautiful Girls - Sean Kingston

Beautiful Girls

538,518
1,872,109
Fire Burning - Sean Kingston

Fire Burning

316,793
1,270,181
Take You There - Sean Kingston

Take You There

258,160
820,332
Me Love - Sean Kingston

Me Love

203,051
664,575
Face Drop - Sean Kingston

Face Drop

117,857
338,920
Kingston - Sean Kingston

Kingston

50,474
139,309
Eenie Meenie - Sean Kingston

Eenie Meenie

49,370
144,484
Dry Your Eyes - Sean Kingston

Dry Your Eyes

41,161
110,772
Intro - Sean Kingston

Intro

37,254
77,454
Your Sister - Sean Kingston

Your Sister

35,882
92,334
Got No Shorty - Sean Kingston

Got No Shorty

29,837
76,542
Drummer Boy - Sean Kingston

Drummer Boy

27,960
70,128
That Ain't Right - Sean Kingston

That Ain't Right

27,889
72,382
Change - Sean Kingston

Change

27,047
71,382
Beat It - Sean Kingston

Beat It

24,379
93,302
My Girlfriend - Sean Kingston

My Girlfriend

18,800
51,379
I Can Feel It - Sean Kingston

I Can Feel It

16,323
60,136
Wrap U Around Me - Sean Kingston

Wrap U Around Me

16,275
54,358
Rum and Raybans - Sean Kingston

Rum and Raybans

15,383
52,794
Tomorrow - Sean Kingston

Tomorrow

11,847
33,981
Beautiful Girl - Sean Kingston

Beautiful Girl

11,573
65,940
Island Queen - Sean Kingston

Island Queen

11,094
30,342
Magical - Sean Kingston

Magical

10,878
28,890
Replay - Sean Kingston

Replay

10,020
113,270
Letting Go - Sean Kingston

Letting Go

9,824
80,471
Why U Wanna Go - Sean Kingston

Why U Wanna Go

9,514
30,576
Twist Ya Around - Sean Kingston

Twist Ya Around

9,204
24,164
Over - Sean Kingston

Over

8,735
25,188
Dumb Love - Sean Kingston

Dumb Love

7,130
28,986
I'm At War - Sean Kingston

I'm At War

6,806
49,254
There's Nothing - Sean Kingston

There's Nothing

6,616
32,163
War - Sean Kingston

War

5,049
22,564
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