Thick: How'd you meet JR Rotem?
Sean Kingston: That's crazy, man. I met JR Rotem through Myspace. I was hittin' him up on his Myspace. I kept on hittin' him up...that was my goal, to send him out like ten messages a day. I would do that every single day. He finally hit back saying, yo, send me three songs or what you got. So, I sent him three songs and he hit me right back. Then he flew me out to LA and the rest is history.
T: Talk about being the first artist on JR's Beluga Heights label?
SK: It's a great situation. I couldn't feel like I was supposed to be somewhere else, or couldn't feel like I'm not in a good situation. It's the best situation I ever could be in. Being the first artist is pretty dope. When I signed it, JR told me, I'm like a diamond in the rough. I was nervous when I auditioned for him but my true colors came out when I found out he was a cool dude.
T: Speak on your affiliation with Shipes and Shiest Bubz.
SK: When I did the deal with Epic/Beluga Heights we were lookin' for management. I had met with a lot of managers and just felt like Shapiro was the one. He's like my older brother. He's on top of his business. He's young, fresh-minded, he doesn't bullshit you, he tells you how it is, he's real talk. I just felt like, that's what I need. Especially, when we got what we got going on over here. I just felt like I need a dude like that in my corner, who get's everything on point. He's a young hustler, man, and I can appreciate that. I met Shiest Bubz through him. Shiest is a cool dude, man. He's from the (Caribbean) Islands too, which is pretty dope. We've been choppin' it up.
T: You definitely got a Caribbean influence...
SK: Yeah, my parents are from Jamaica and I was born there. So, I grew up in a strict Jamaican household. I just let it influence my music.
T: Is your last name Kingston or is it like Kingston, Jamaica?
SK: No, it's not my last name. It just to signify where I'm from.
T: Tell us about your first single Colors 2007, is it a tribute to the original?
SK: It's a tribute to the original but it's a whole different new record. It got Rick Ross and Game on it. It's a crazy street smash. It's like, I'm in California and I've been California when I was young too, visting my uncle, and California gangs is crazy. They got the whole Crips and Bloods situation...Crips and Bloods is big in a lot of places now. But it's like, man, let's just get this money, do what we gotta do. We can all come together and just be one. That's the inspiring part of it. We've been getting some great feedback from it.
T: You got a version with Vybz Kartel too right?
SK: Yeah, we got the Jamaican version with me, Vybz Kartel, and Kardinal Offishall. It's a dope one, man. That version is like the icing on the cake cuz that's gonna bleed off in Jamaica like crazy. We can just let that record go do what it gotta do in Jamaica, Canada, and those type of places. Vybz, I've met a couple times, he's good dude. He's a good writer also, he knows his music. He laid the verse down ASAP. Shouts out to Vybz Kartel for that.
T: What reggae artists you feelin' right now?
SK: I'm feeling Jah Cure, man, Jah Cure. I'm feeling Movado, Vybz Kartel of course, and Beenie Man. But Jah Cure, he's really dope. He's a dope cultue artist. He inspires me. As a new artist, I look at him like...he's incarcerated but when he gets out, he's still making good music, that dude's gonna be a millionaire. He got a lot of shows booked, a lot of stuff waiting on him.