Kehlani captured our hearts forever with her 2017 debut album SweetSexySavage, but between joining Demi Lovato on tour and her current pregnancy, the artist has been mostly out of the spotlight. Thankfully she realized that our crops were dying with no new music and decided to bless us with a mixtape, While We Wait, which dropped Friday. The nine-track project,a sexy little holdover until Kehlani’s next LP, featuring Dom Kennedy, 6LACK, Ty Dolla $ign, and Musiq Soulchild. But is it a bop, a banger, or a bump-and-grind? Here are my thoughts, track-by-track.
“Footsteps (feat. Musiq Soulchild)”
The album opens with the sound of rushing water, which is making me feel my sexy Cancer ass. “And when I walked away / I left footsteps in the mud so you could follow,” Kehlani sings in the chorus. Is she queering the “two sets of footprints on the beach and one of them was Jesus” story? Her mind!
A bit repetitive, but fun. Kind of reminds me of early Beyoncé. Nice riffing. There’s a Candy Crush reference, which is… fine.
“Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy)”
This is very Destiny’s Child which is a very good thing. “Why you worried ’bout who was fuckin’ me,” asks Kehlani. “Don’t worry ’bout if he got kids now / If he’s richer than you, slicker than you / His net worth bigger than you / And his dick game thicker than you.” She made some points!
Kehlani’s most relatable song to date, about a man needing to be prepared to see his woman stripped bare at bedtime if he wants to see her looking all fresh in the morning. “I wanna take my wig off / I wanna lay it on the nightstand / I wanna take my makeup off / I wanna rip these nails off my hands.” Ladies, who among us cannot say the same? “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.”
Eh, it’s fine. Tbh, I kinda like Katy Perry’s “Feels” better.
“Nights Like This (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)”
The bisexual breakup anthem we have been waiting for! Kehlani and Ty Dolla $ign both seem fed up with the same woman and lament they way she’s playing them. “Thought you was mine, but you decided to be with him though,” sing Kehlani. And Ty even throws some shade at the worst zodiac sign: “Used to promise me you'd never switch on me like Gemini.” Love that for him.
“RPG (feat. 6lack)”
Mm, this one is pretty sexy, but ultimately kind of skippable. The rhythm, however, is very nice, almost hypnotic.
Oh my god, this song is so boring. Thank you, next.
At first I thought this song was for Kehlani’s baby — it has the cadence of the nursery rhyme and also kind of sounds like the Gullah Gullah Island theme song. But looking at the lyrics it seems to be written about a lover. Or maybe it works both ways. That’s… kinda weird?