Sean Kingston 'Back 2 Life' Album: '100,000 People' Features Wiz Khalifa, Shakira Unites for Song
In May 2011, Sean Kingston came face-to-face with death when a jet ski he was maneuvering crashed into a bridge in Miami. In the months leading up to the accident, the singer -- best known for his reggae-pop hit "Beautiful Girls" -- had been working on his third album, releasing several singles like the Nicki Minaj feature "Letting Go (Dutty Love)," "Dumb Love" and the Justin Bieber collaboration "Eenie Meenie."
After two months of rehab to mend both injuries sustained during the incident and the two surgeries for a torn aorta doctors found, Kingston's near-death experience made him reexamine his life. He decided to start from scratch and go back to his reggae roots for his third effort.
Kingston returned to the lab, this time with producer J.R. Rotem, who helped the 22-year-old crooner create the sound on his eponymous 2007 self-titled album. With a new batch of collaborators, Kingston says fans can expect "a whole new me" on the forthcoming LP, fittingly titled Back 2 Life. The BoomBox caught up with Kingston and had him dish some details about the project -- he and Shakira unite on a song. He also told us about iChatting with Wiz Khalifa and their collaboration, his favorite Bob Marley track and the ladies man he tried to be back in elementary school.
Where are you right now?
I'm actually in L.A. right now, Hollywood. I come to LA when I want to record and stuff like that.
Are you putting the finishing touches on Back 2 Life?
Yeah, it's almost done. It's basically done.
It's been a longtime coming, right?
Yeah, man. It's been about a year-and-a-half. I was in a tragic accident and I'm really just excited to be