When Sean Kingston says he died and came back to life, he isn't kidding.

The singer-rapper is best known for his 2007 smash Beautiful Girls, which reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but his world turned upside down in May 2011 after a jet skiing accident forced him to undergo open heart surgery. Now fully recovered, he spoke with Hollywire's own Chelsea Briggs at the American Music Awards about his third studio album Back 2 Life, which features the new single Rum and Raybans with Cher Lloyd. "I had to do open heart surgery for my accident and nearly died. So I came back to life and was given a second chance," said Sean.

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Sean said his newfound lease in life has given him extra motivation with his music, leading to what he believes is the best album of his career so far. "It's just growth as a songwriter, producer, melodies. Everything I've done in my career, but just taking it to the next level," said Sean. 

Back 2 Life is scheduled to be released next month and features appearances from Nicki Minaj, T.I., Wiz Khalifa and Busta Rhymes, among others.

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