When the 16-year-old singer Sean Kingston came on the scene it was with the single "Colors 2007," a nightmare walkin'/psychopath talkin' type track with dramatic bells, hardcore swagger, and a couple shoutouts to his Jamaican homeland and homeboys. Then came "Beautiful Girls," a pop-rap tune that took a bit of Ben E. King's "Stand by Me" and twisted into a pouty "she left me" lament that used the word "suicidal" as if it meant "kinda sad." If you thought "Beautiful Girls" was the greatest sin against urban music since "Fergalicious" then Kingston's self-titled debut is not for you. The album claims "Colors 2007" as a bonus track and then loads up on enough gimmicks, high-profile samples, hooks, and ridiculous lyrics that it's the textbook definition of love it or hate it and shouldn't be approached by anyone who considers themselves "hardcore." Good news is that a slick swagger suits Kingston much better than the hardcore baller stance, and that he's more at ease comes through loud and clear. The unexpected side effect of this move towards pop and polish is that the Jamaican roots pay off splendidly as he takes more of a dancehall attitude towards his vocals, and trades reverent for playful, and serious for exciting. "Me Love" reclaims Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er" for the island of Jamaica with finger-snaps and glitter. "Got No Shorty" bounces on the "I Ain't Got Nobody" melody and offers "I'm lookin for love/Not askin' for much/Just a fine little shorty/With a big ol butt" without any shame. Paula DeAnda does an excellent Mariah Carey impression on the sunshine-bright "There's Nothin" while "I Can Feel It" McGyvers a great puppy-love song out of everyday lyrics, a Phil Collins sample, and an air horn. Breezy, feel-good guilty pleasures abound on this lightweight pool-party of an album.
Performance CreditsSean Kingston Primary Artist
Lyrica Anderson Background Vocals
Sly "Pyper" Jordan Background Vocals
Technical CreditsBing Crosby Composer
Phil Collins Composer
Ben E. King Composer
Jimmy Page Composer
Robert Plant Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
John Bonham Composer
DJ Felli Fel Producer
Chris Feldmann Art Direction
J.R. Rotem Composer
Greg Ogan Engineer
Sean Kingston Composer
Sly "Pyper" Jordan Composer
Tommy Rotem Executive Producer
Charlie Walk Executive Producer
Tracy Morrow Composer
Adidja Palmer Composer
Evan "Kidd" Bogart Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sean Kingston based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
I do not like rap that well that I would buy a whole CD but I wanted to take a chance with this Cd and it was well worth it. All the songs are great even the intro is great. There is only 1 complaint I have the Cd says it has There's Nothin (featuring The DEY and Juelz Santana) (new album version) but it is with paula deanda but you can buy the other song on iTunes. I wouldn't buy the CD just because they don't have the song. Buy it is well worth it.
This is sooooooooo good. I LOVE it. I am going to buy this cd. Sean Kingston is soo talented for 17 years old!
This cd iz amazin. I couldn't bought a better one. Beatuiful girls in the ultimate song right now along with me love. GO SEAN
i loved it. beautiful girls is an amazing track and dry your eyes is also great. buy this cd
The entire cd is outstanding.He is going to be one of our top artists in the Hip Hop and R&B field