Let me start off by saying that I have nothing against Puff Daddy, Sean John, or whatever name he's calling himself right now. I love hip-hop music, but I'm neither a fan nor a hater of Diddy. I have no opinion of him either way. This fragrance has been reviewed by many people, and I get the sense that most of the scathing reviews are fuelled by an anti-Diddy attitude. That's unfortunate, because we should judge fragrances on how they smell, and on that basis alone. I have no axe to grind whatsoever with this man.
Unfortunately, I Am King is not a very good fragrance. It's not terrible, but the reason I don't like it is because it is so dull and short-lived, and when you consider that this juice was going for about $70 US for a 3.4 oz. bottle originally, I can't help but give it a thumbs down.
I Am King is a fragrance consisting entirely of citrus top notes, from what I smell. It literally does smell like orange juice mixed with cranberry and grapefruit juice. Fruit juices certainly are refreshing to smell, and I can't imagine anyone thinking fruit juice smells bad. The problem is that the scent has no staying power at all. Spray this on, and for about 20 minutes you get a blast of fruit punch smell. And then it's over. I can't detect any of the wood notes that are supposedly in this fragrance. All I get is fruit juice, and that's it. Fruit juice may smell okay, but by itself, it's boring. Plus, it doesn't smell like the fruit juices were particularly well blended in I Am King, but rather thrown together in a blender or something. There's little skill or artistry in the construction of this fragrance.
That's really all I can say about this, because that's all it is. I don't know, if you find it in the clearance bin for super cheap, it might be worth picking up (that's what I did), but I really don't think it's worth your time.
MY RATING: 3.5/10
Fragrance House: Sean John