After 2 Years, Kehlani Comes Back With Another Great Project

Mimi Nguyen, Editor

Grade: B+

     The Oakland RNB queen is back with another mixtape after having her fans wait for 2 years. Titled While We Wait with 9 tracks, featuring other great artists like Musiq Soulchild, DOM KENNEDY, Ty Dolla $ign, and 6lack, this work of art is not disappointing. Before releasing the full version on February 22nd, Kehlani has shared the songs titled, “Nights Like This” and “Butterfly,” making her fans anticipate the rest of the album.

     While in the making of this project, in October of 2018, Kehlani had announced that she was going to welcome her own baby girl soon and was 4 months pregnant. This was a big deal for the fans of the 23-year old artist, and she was flooded with love. On her Twitter she has shared that even with a growing baby bump, she absolutely had no complaints or problems finishing up the final product.

     The opening song, “Footsteps (feat. Musiq Soulchild)”sets a chill, relaxing vibe with slow water effects. All of the tracks that follow each start with its own unique beat or sound that develops the mood.

     Kehlani’s songs are mostly based around romance and self-assurance. The essence that she brings out from her work feels calming and not like upbeat songs you would play at a party. There are many different types of sound effects that I did not recognize from her other albums, which gave off a “throwback” or “oldies” taste. There were also instruments that are not used often in today’s music hits.

     It was definitely different than the majority of the work she has released before, but is a good change. From the 9 songs, there is a variety of moods you can feel, from fitting to listen on a rainy day, to a sing-along on a cheerful Saturday.

     My two favorites from the album are “Nights Like This (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” and “RPG (feat. 6lack)”. These particular songs are pieces I myself feel like I can relate to in a way. Kehlani is an artist who makes her lyrics meaningful, where young women like myself can listen to, making her a role model for millions.

     The only negative thought I have about the overall album is that I believe it didn’t live up to its potential. I’ve seen that her Twitter fanbase can agree, and Kehlani has addressed this thought at the beginning of its publication. She assured that trying new things and going through possible ideas for future works was what this mixtape was for. Her album You Should Be Here, that was released in 2015 still holds its place as my favorite of hers so far.

     Now almost a month after While We Wait dropped, the wait for her baby to arrive is now the focus for 2019. This month in March, the music video for the track “Butterfly” dropped on YouTube and of course has received tremendous support. It had amazing visuals, with unique colors and paint, showing her body in a positive way to welcome her daughter. I recommend this album to those who like to feel the emotion that music brings out, and this is a perfect example if you want to listen to something new.

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