If you've been exposed to a radio or TV in the last week, you might recognize the contagious hook - "You'll have me suicidal, suicidal..." - from 17-year-old reggae star Sean Kingston's first single, Beautiful Girls. The song, which samples Stand By Me, was produced by J.R. Rotem, who manned Rihanna's S.O.S. (and was also Britney Spears's post-Federline fling). The rest of the debut album by Buju Banton's nephew is as glossy as Beautiful Girls or S.O.S.
Check the synth-injected nu-80s thump of Take You There or the breezy Your Sister, where he cheekily professes his love for his girlfriend's sibling. (Beck did this idea better on Debra, from Midnite Vultures.) Despite the fact that the beats are tight and Kingston is charismatic enough, the disc does get repetitive, but check for Vybz Kartel and Kardinal Offishall killing it on the five-alarm Colors 2007.