It’s 2015. When a fire starts to burn, right, and it starts to spread, music is lead to a whole new audience.
Kehlani’s done this efficiently in little to no time.
Although laced in modern day sonics, her approach to R&B is rather traditionalist and a rarity in the current climate of hybrid R&B (with countless genre fusions in electronica, dancehall, grime, gospel, electronica, trap, indie, punk, soul
That juxtaposition alone manages to make her music, a breath of fresh air. However the true form of empowerment Kehlani makes, is within her lyrics.
Role reversals, focusing on perspectives that aren’t necessarily common within the typical narratives within the scope of R&B, sexual empowerment without the male gaze, body empowerment, vulnerabilities, sincereness and more can all be found within Kelhani’s music.
“You are what you choose to be
It’s not up to no one else
So be great, be kind
Don’t let them dim your light” – Kehlani on Bright from You Should Be Here
“Girl let me put you on with something real
Wanna show you how it feels, to rock with something trill
So come join me in this room girl it’s time” – on First Position from Cloud 19
These lines alone combined with an accessible pop sensationability make her music resonate well and become instantly lovable whilst being able to slyly subvert the field she’s succeeding in effortlessly.
We love it.
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