Sean Kingston says he won’t forget J’can roots - Entertainer ready to take over summer with island-flavoured music
Jamaica-born, internationally acclaimed artiste Sean Kingston is ready for a summer takeover as he looks to reclaim his space in the music sphere.
The entertainer, who has remained musically silent in recent years, says he has not forgotten his Jamaican roots. Like his earlier projects, he said that his upcoming releases will be heavily influenced by his island upbringing.
“From Beautiful Girls to Take You There to Dutty Love, those songs always had that Caribbean island bounce to it. I love Ocho Rios. I grew up there. I used to walk Jack Ruby Avenue every day singing my songs, rapping and praying that one day I would get my chance. So I never ever would forget where we come from. James Avenue, Buckfield, it will forever be a part of me and part of my music and everything that I do as far as my lifestyle,” he said.
“I always had a Caribbean flavour since day one, and I think that’s what separated me from a lot of other artistes. I feel like I can do the reggae dancehall vibe effortlessly and mix it with the pop music. Anybody that knows Sean Kingston knows that I’m the one who started the island pop sound. You know we have the legends Sean Paul, Shabba and Maxi Priest that made the Jamaican music commercial, but as far as the pop side of it, I feel like I was the one who introduced that sound, and a lot of people acknowledge it.”
Now that there are more international entertainers recording Jamaican-flavoured songs, Sean Kingston believes that by sticking with his original sound for upcoming projects, he will bring more attention to the country and his music.
Meanwhile, Sean Kingston recently wrapped up his tour of the UK. According to him, he represented the ‘876’ the best way he knew how. The entertainer said that although the tour was largely about him reconnecting with his fans, he also wanted to remind them of who he is and where he comes from.
“Working with Contractor on the UK tour was amazing. It was definitely a good one, going overseas and just touching bases with my fans and everyone who been supporting me since day one. I love to see their faces. It’s never about the money for me. It’s about performing and giving the fans an experience and reminding them who I am,” he said.