“Ay’ yo Sean, you Mr. Kingston!” As you probably know from yesterday’s Midweek Music Preview, Sean Kingston was at M1NT last night. Just to refresh your memory, he’s that guy who formed a “new genre where rap, reggae, pop, doo-wop and remarkable songwriting all combine into something totally refreshing.” His hit single “Beautiful Girl” sent his career careening into the stratosphere and he’s been a pop sensation ever since.
Last night, a bevy – or better yet, call it a swarm – of people gathered to hear Kingston tearing it up. The audience was a mixed bunch, though practically all of them were expats. Teenagers in the front of the dance floor clamoring for first ‘row’ while the more mature hung back; many remaining at the bar with those famous M1NT cocktails.
That was probably the smarter decision because by 11, the dance floor was already packed.
A DJ spun popular tunes like the club-favorite “Empire State of Mind” and new chart-topper “Bottoms Up”. Every so often, he’d rally up the crowd to cheer for Sean Kingston. But the trick gets old. The crowd became noticeably more irritated – especially those who staked their spot in the first ‘row’ before 10. At 40 minutes past midnight, the DJ got up a drumroll to welcome…Tia from Beijing, who is supposedly the “best R’nB singer in Greater China” according to one of the few articles there are about this budding young talent. Unfortunately, the crowd weren’t too supportive of Tia’s rendition of “Sweet Dreams'”, given how long they had waited for Kingston already. It was only at 1am, after much much much build up, that Sean Kingston swaggered onto the stage.
Needless to say, the crowd went crazy. The dance floor practically became a mosh pit. His set was short and simple (you can throw in the word ‘sweet’ there if you’re an optimistic). Kingston started off with “Take You There”, getting the crowd well pumped up for him. He followed that up with a song from his new album – “Dutty Love”. In addition to singing his hits like “Eenie Meenie” and “Fire Burning”, he also performed songs from other artists – “Rude Boy”, “Rock Your Body” and “Hotel Room Service.” The party was supposed to last till 3 but the dance floor started clearing out at 1:20 when Kingston took a break after just 20 minutes onstage.
But for those 20 minutes, Kingston really knew how to rev up the crowd. He kept complimenting those “beautiful girls out there in Shanghai”, which got up a lot of screaming. His DJ also brought out these towels for Kingston to autograph. Kingston was saying, “These are worth a million dollars”, as he tossed them out to the crowd.
His shining moment was really when he started singing an acoustic version of “Beautiful Girls” – showing off his worthwhile vocals. Come back soon, Kingston cause you had us suicidal, suicidal when you said its over… maybe because it was over all too soon.