Back 2 Life

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Back 2 Life
Studio album by Sean Kingston
Released September 10, 2013
Recorded 2010–2013
Genre Reggae fusion, hip hop, R&B
Length 37:28
Label Beluga Heights, Epic
Producer J.R. Rotem, Nic Nac, RedOne, Philly Phatboi
Sean Kingston chronology
Tomorrow
(2009)
Back 2 Life
(2013)
Singles from Back 2 Life
  1. "Back 2 Life (Live It Up)"
    Released: June 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)
  2. "Beat It"
    Released: April 15, 2013 (2013-04-15)

Back 2 Life is the third studio album by American reggae singer Sean Kingston. The album was released on September 10, 2013.[1] The album was supported by the single "Beat It" which peaked at number 52 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album features guest appearances from T.I., Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Yo Gotti, Busta Rhymes and 2 Chainz.[2]

Singles[edit]

On July 23, 2010, the first promotional single "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" featuring Nicki Minaj was released.[3] On August 3, 2010, the music video was released for "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" featuring Nicki Minaj.[4] On September 7, 2010, the second promotional single "Dumb Love" was released.[5] On December 21, 2010, the third promotional single "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)" was released.[6] On December 23, 2010, the music video was released for "Party All Night (Sleep All Day)".[7] On June 5, 2012, the first single "Back 2 Life (Live It Up)" featuring T.I. was released.[8] On June 8, 2012, the music video was released for "Back 2 Life (Live It Up)" featuring T.I..[9] On November 16, 2012, the fourth promotional single "Rum and Raybans" featuring Cher Lloyd was released.[10] On November 18, 2012, the music video was released for "Rum and Raybans" featuring Cher Lloyd.[11] On April 15, 2013, the second single "Beat It" featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa was released.[12] On April 29, 2013, the music video was released for "Beat It" featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa.[13] On September 10, 2013, the music video was released for "Seasonal Love" featuring Wale.[14]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[15]
PopMatters 4/10[16]

Back 2 Life was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. David Jeffries of AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars, saying "Previewed by the Soul II Soul-sampling single "Back 2 Life (Live It Up)" featuring T.I., plus the cool and slow "Beat It" with special guests Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, Sean Kingston's third album is a slick, wide-reaching affair with production coming from the likes of J.R. Rotem, Nic Nac, and RedOne. Besides the names above, the guest list reads like an all-star roster with 2 Chainz, Wale, Busta Rhymes, and Yo Gotti all lending a hand, but it's the mature Kingston who is in control and going it alone on the more sweet and sincere highlights."[15] Brent Faulkner of PopMatters gave the album a four out of ten, saying Ultimately, Back 2 Life relies too heavily on sex and partying for its inspiration. Sure, Kingston’s celebration is completely understandable, but the lack of substance beyond drinks, smoking, and hooking up truly hurts this album. Even if rationalized as a “guilty pleasure” upon an initial listen, the “pleasure” part of the description is most definitely arguable."[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Back 2 Life (Live It Up)" (featuring T.I.)   J.R. Rotem 3:23
2. "Beat It" (featuring Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa)   Nic Nac 4:13
3. "Hold That" (featuring Yo Gotti)   Nic Nac 2:42
4. "Bomba"     J.R. Rotem 3:39
5. "Smoke Signals"     RedOne 3:12
6. "Ordinary Girl"     J.R. Rotem 3:26
7. "Seasonal Love" (featuring Wale)   Nic Nac 4:26
8. "How We Survive" (featuring Busta Rhymes)   J.R. Rotem 3:28
9. "Shotta Luv" (featuring 2 Chainz)   Nic Nac 2:55
10. "Ayo (16th Floor)"       3:39
11. "Save One For Me"       2:25
12. "Love Ecstasy"   Kenneth "Mrbillboard" Joseph Philly Phatboi 3:48

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tracklisting: Sean Kingston – ‘Back 2 Life’". Rap-Up.com. 2010-10-18. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Back 2 Life by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 1990-02-03. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Letting Go (Dutty Love) [feat. Nicki Minaj] - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston f/ Nicki Minaj – ‘Letting Go (Dutty Love)’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  5. ^ "iTunes - Music - Dumb Love - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  6. ^ "iTunes - Music - Party All Night (Sleep All Day) - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2010-12-21. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  7. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston – ‘Party All Night (Sleep All Day)’". Rap-Up.com. 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  8. ^ "iTunes - Music - Back 2 Life (Live It Up) [feat. T.I.] - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston f/ T.I. – ‘Back 2 Life’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Rum and Raybans (feat. Cher Lloyd) - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2012-11-16. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  11. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston f/ Cher Lloyd – ‘Rum and Raybans’". Rap-Up.com. 2012-11-18. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  12. ^ "iTunes - Music - Beat It (feat. Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa) - Single by Sean Kingston". Itunes.apple.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  13. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston f/ Chris Brown & Wiz Khalifa – ‘Beat It’". Rap-Up.com. 2013-04-29. Retrieved 2013-08-13. 
  14. ^ "Video: Sean Kingston f/ Wale – ‘Seasonal Love’". Rap-Up.com. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  15. ^ a b Review by David Jeffries (2013-09-10). "Back 2 Life - Sean Kingston | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-19. 
  16. ^ a b Faulkner, Brent. "Sean Kingston: Back 2 Life". PopMatters. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  17. ^ "Sean Kingston Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums for Sean Kingston. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 26, 2013.