Sean Kingston Still Loves the Beautiful Girls
We speak to Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston ahead of his weekend in Hong Kong performing for a private event at Play.
Jamaican-American singer Kisean Jamal Anderson, known as Sean Kingston, has survived a tumultuous decade: Bursting onto the scene in 2007 with debut success in the mid-noughties with hit song "Beautiful Girls," club banger "Fire Burning" and a host of collaborations such as "Eenie Meenie," with Justin Bieber, and "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," with Nicki Minaj. The singer suffered a near-fatal jetski accident in 2011, and despite having to undergo two open heart surgeries, the event gave him time to regroup and work on his third studio album, "Back 2 Life." Three years later, he's coming back with a fourth, and has released three singles in anticipation. We catch up with the singer ahead of his set at a private event at Play this month.
Regarding your best known hit "Beautiful Girls," released in 2007 ("Damn all these beautiful girls / They only wanna do you dirt / They'll have you suicidal, suicidal / When they say it's over"): How much truth is in the lyrics? What do you have against beautiful girls? Nooooo! [laughing] I love all the beautiful girls!
How would you compare the hip hop and R 'n' B scene now to when you first started out? Now, it’s all about a hit record… less about new artists, and more about the song.
How do you feel about Justin Bieber, with whom you collaborated when he had a much younger voice? I love Justin and am so proud of all he has accomplished. He has always been a great friend to me.
With your latest 2016 singles "One Away" and "All I Got," do you feel that your style has changed? Those records aren’t indicative of my style changing. They are more me showing another side of myself. I can do the feelgood pop music but still be relatable to the urban crowd.
What are you looking forward to most in your visit to Hong Kong? I've been to Hong Kong several times and I love it every time. The fans in Hong Kong are amazing and I cant wait to see everyone!