By: GABY MORENO
Artist: Kehlani (Featuring: Musiq Soulchild, Dom Kennedy, Ty Dolla $ign and 6lack)
Album: While We Wait EP (Mixtape)
Rating: 4/5 (based on replay value, content, cohesiveness, vocals, production, and cadence)
Release Date: February 21, 2019
Streaming/Purchase album: All streaming platforms and iTunes, Amazon, Google play etc.
Hello Hip Hop Heads and Horror Fans,
Today I will be reviewing Kehlani’s EP, “While We Wait”. This mixtape was released to hold us off while we wait for Kehlani to drop her anticipated sophomore album! She is one of my favorite R&B acts of this generation.
For those who are not familiar with Kehlani she is an R&B singer from Oakland. She has an angelic soft spoken voice. Since the first time I heard her she gave me this 90s R&B vibe. She is a mix of Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, Aaliyah and Janet Jackson. You can tell they highly influence her music as well. When she is sporting her tomboyish style it reminds me of that TLC and Aaliyah R&B era.
I have been following Kehlani’s journey since her “Cloud 19” and “You Should Be Here” mixtape days. I still remember being hype when she announced she was working on a track for the movie, “Suicide Squad” that was an anticipated film due to Jared Leto taking on the role as the Joker and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn (my favorite female comic book villain). This song as we know was one of Kehlani’s major hits, “Gangsta”. Then she dropped her debut album “SweetSexySavage” which was one of my favorite R&B albums of 2017!
I have seen her evolve as a singer and artist and attract a larger fan base, which is amazing to witness! I had the opportunity to see her perform at the BET Experience in 2016 when she opened for Usher. She is a great performer who can dance and sing!
In this short EP we are blessed with 9 tracks. Kehlani must have a love for alliteration. I noticed her debut album started with all S’s and this EP starts with all W’s not sure why, but I’m diggin it! I wonder what she is going to title her 2nd album? Moving back to the topic of this mixtape one of the tracks off of this project is the single I have been vibin to called, “Nights Like This” featuring the talented Ty Dolla Sign. She also has a track with Musiq Soulchild called, “Footsteps” that references a lyric from Omarion’s Ice Box verbatim. The production on that song gave me a Timbaland/Aaliyah vibe. Another song that stood out to me is “Morning Glory”, she has a verse where she sort of raps and it sounds like she is paying homage to Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez. Definitely one of my favorite tracks off this project.
Kehlani is very open about her personal life, her journey and her past struggles with depression. Kehlani has now entered a new chapter of her life where she is expecting her first child. I know this is going to inspire her writing process! In this project she shares with us her past experiences with being heartbroken, relationship issues and love! I am a fan of Kehlani’s songwriting abilities. Her lyrics are heartfelt and emotional.
Kehlani is known for making you feel a type of way with her lyrics. This project demonstrates she still has her creativity to share with the world. Her lyrics about heartbreak and love are so relatable. Her hooks are so catchy too! This EP is short and sweet and definitely gives us something to hold onto while we wait for her actual album. I am excited to see what she will bring to the table this time around. I have confidence she will release another great R&B project! R&B is alive and well and honestly the ladies are dominating that genre right now!
1. Too Deep:
“Too many steps, too many levels
Too many laps, too many hurdles
You don’t wanna get hurt by me
I don’t wanna be a crutch for ya
Too insane, too irritated
Too insufficient, too inconsistent
You just wanna talk, I don’t wanna listen
Now I wanna talk, you don’t wanna listen
I don’t ever wanna lose you again
You don’t ever wanna see me again
Say that I’m done, leave you alone”
2. Nunya ft. Dom Kennedy:
“Why you askin’ ’bout X, Y, Z?
Why you worried ’bout who was fuckin’ me?
Who’s to the right in my SUV?
It’s none of your, none of your, none of your bees
Callin’ my girls to check where I been
If you needed to know, I’d drop a pin
Keepin’ to yourself really ain’t a sin
But you can’t, you can’t let me live”
3. Morning Glory:
“Tell me, why should I be trippin’ on you
While I could be payin’ dues?
I’m a fountain of youth, raised on Arie and Badu
I know I’m fine, don’t need a outer confirmation from a man
Who uses 2-in-1 and thinks he’s a sensation
Don’t need acrylics on the clock to hit the nail on the head
Don’t need my inches down my back to throw it back in the bed
So, when you speak on me and say that “She ain’t put together”
Don’t forget to mention that I got my shit together”
4. Nights Like This:
“On some nights like this, shawty, I can’t help but think of us
I’ve been reminiscin’, sippin’, missin’ ya
Can you tell me what’s with all this distant love?
If I called, would you pick it up?
On some nights like this, I just wanna text you, but for what?
You gon’ say you want me, then go switch it up
Just gon’ play with my emotions just because, no (Oh)
All them times I played the fool for you
Thinkin’ we could put it back together, thought we had forever
You never see my point of view
Our connection is so severed, you don’t show no effort”
“You speak in dictionaries while fearing less than all will understand
Virgo moon, I’m so used to your dance
Tongue too swole to comprehend
I see you duck and dodge at every bend
Afraid to play your card, be forced to show your hand
I hope you take from this that it’ll make you no less of a man
To break your walls and simply grab my hand
Love shouldn’t be contraband
It shouldn’t trample on your confidence
Shouldn’t be seen as less than compliments”
Thank you for reading my review. Hope you all enjoyed it! Until next time horror fiends and hip hop heads! While you’re at it follow my blog on social media @7octoberz and Facebook!