“This album was so many albums before it was this one” – Kehlani.
Say hello to ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’, Kehlani’s second proper studio album which arrived on our doorstep at the perfect time.
Get pumped because this album combines some notable collaborations with Tory Lanez, Jhene Aiko, Masego, Lucky Daye and James Blake.
There’s quite a prominent theme that permeates through the album, which is the eternal war between need and want, between the sentimental and the carnal.
Interweaving a range of emotions, Kehlani isn’t afraid to tap into elements of control and confidence right to her insecurities and emotional nakedness.
This album is really for everyone who’s experienced some sort of heartbreak, as Kehlani captures all the intricacies of connection and how disconnection has become a hurdle not just in relationships but also productivity.
It’s by taking this opportunity to examine her life experiences and delve that bit deeper into her being which inspires those who listen to do the same.
One thing you feel upon listening, is I feel this record marks a more mature phase of Kehlani’s progression as an artist, as she dives into the headspace of processing her relationship with her parents. Particularly, her father’s passing from a ‘gang-related’ situation when she was young.
To be so transparent to the masses, is something we can all admire, Kehlani’s powerful stature even in her most vulnerable state, just shows the healing power of music, transforming some of her weakest moments into a strength.
In fact, Kehlani even mentioned to Apple Music, “this might be my favourite project I’ve ever put out.”
After listening to the album in full, here are ya gal’s top five tunes.
‘Toxic’ really hits home with its rather slick opening as Kehlani sings, “I get real accountable when I’m alone”. Here, Kehlani is jumping into elements of toxic love despite the want for that past love. However, I feel this is a song many can relate to with the complex relationships we encounter in our lives.
The chorus taps into her past relationship with YG, perhaps emphasising unfaithfulness issues and the trauma this has brought her. Ultimately, it’s clear this tune is the space for Kehlani to get all of her thoughts out.
It wouldn’t be a Kehlani record without a sultry, dim the lights sexy tune and ‘Can I’ featuring Tory Lanez is just that. You’ll seriously fall in love with those dreamy Tory Lanez vocals. You may even pick up the Aaliyah reference in the chorus, interpolating the chorus of her posthumounous tune, ‘Come Over’.
One of the early pre-releases from the album, ‘F&MU’ was released in the latter end of April, as Kehlani revealed she also had a video in the works. The tune talks about the struggles between Kehlani and her significant other, although they seem to be going through some issues, she looks forward to the “make-up” sex.
‘Everybody Business’ was created on the floor of the studio with Trinidad James and Kehlani’s little brother, Destin and details the love she has for those around her, while taking the time to address the rumours surrounding her relationships.
“We’re in a generation where somebody can say a thing about you on the internet and people that already dislike you are going to take that and run with it with no proof, no regard, no huminity…”
We can often get caught up tolerating a lot in the name of connection, ‘Can You Blame Me’ featuring Lucky Daye articulates just that. This tune has been described as a retrospective of “the push-pull of desire at odds with pride”. Kehlani asks us to consider the things we will excuse just to say we’re with somebody.
“I would rather argue than me sleep alone, rather call you out than no one call my phone, hold my grudge instead of havin’ none to hold, none to hold,” she sings.
Finally, you have one last thing to do, go nab your copy of Kehlani’s ‘It Was Good Until It Wasn’t’ HERE.