An inconsistent tone and an absence of melodic originality tarnish the debut of Miami-based teen rapper Sean Kingston.

An inconsistent tone and an absence of melodic originality tarnish the debut of Miami-based teen rapper Sean Kingston. The 17-year-old can sound wise beyond his years and deliver hard-edged rhymes — but choses to do so in limited doses. For every tough rap that announces his arrival, “Drummer Boy” and “Kingston,” for example, there’s a mealy mouth pop piece tune like “There’s Nothin’ ” or a kiddie-reggae tune such as “Me Love,” based on the opening stanzas of Led Zeppelin’s “D’Yer Mak’er.” Album is riddled with handclaps and finger-snaps as if they are his hooks to go along with other rappers bellowing his name; his plea for a better world, “Change,” could become a feel-good anthem despite its generic character.

Sean Kingston

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