Sean, who has been friends with Kartel since 2008 and visited him at Kingston General Penitentiary earlier this year (Kartel is currently serving a life sentence for murder), doesn’t know how Kartel recorded his vocals on "Chance." “I don’t know if this was a recent verse that Kartel did in jail or an old verse, I don’t know when or how it was recorded. I got the vocals from his engineer [Mario Dunwell of Dunwell Productions],” Sean explains to Billboard. “I told Dunwell I wanted to do a new song with Kartel, we were bouncing ideas around for about a year, and he picked 'Chance'; when I got it back, I was like, 'Wow, this is dope, Kartel did his vocals to my beat.' However it was done, it is pretty dope to get a verse from Kartel in his situation because I heard he wasn’t doing verses for anybody and he has turned a lot of big artists.”
The Caribbean-influenced, radio-friendly "Chance," all about a guy asking his girl for another try at their relationship, marks a return to form for Kingston whose last radio record, 2013’s "Beat It" featuring Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa, peaked at No. 17 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs tally. “'Chance' was the right song to lead off the mixtape with, because I am known for doing music that crosses island pop but also has an R&B flair,” Sean says. “A lot of people are doing that sound now, but I started out with it and that’s what set me apart from many artists.”
The video for "Chance" was shot in Jamaica, Sean’s third video filmed on the island, including "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" with Nikki Minaj, shot in Ocho Rios. "Chance" was filmed in the capital, Kingston, and in the suburb of Portmore known as Gaza -- where Kartel was raised and rose to prominence. Despite the somewhat volatile connotations of Gaza, the "Chance" video depicts a lighthearted love story and a bubbling club scene, shining a spotlight on the synchronized dancehall moves of the 703/Team Kingston dance group. “I just wanted to keep the video fun and authentic and bring those street dance vibes,” comments Sean.
Sean Kingston has recently boosted sales since the release of his new song "CHANCE" thanks to The DJ Grid & Amada Records. Since Sean Kingston is such a stand up guy, Contractor & Sean Kingston's Team agreed to bless Amada Records & The DJ Grid with publishing and a percentage of record sales. The owner of the label, Immanuel Gbajiri-Karama had this to say, "I'm amazed that Sean Kingston, Safaree, Capleton, The Marley's, The Sheeran's & Contractor allowed us to own a percentage of their publishing/sales. We've always been big supporters of their brands and music. We will continue to spread their music and art because they believed in us when no one else did!"
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