Kehlani is set release her highly-anticipated debut album Sweetsexysavage on Friday 27 January. The announcement follows the release of her stunning video for ‘Distraction’ which has racked up over 3.2 million YouTube views in a couple days.
“Sweetsexysavage came to me on a beach in Hawaii. I realized that’s what women are. We can hurt. We can also be hurt. We can go as hard as we can go soft. We can be as crazy as we can be sympathetic. We’re all of the above.”
At 19-years-old, her 2015 release You Should Be Here garnered a 2016 Grammy Award nod for “Best Urban Contemporary Album.”
Upon release, Pitchfork praised how, “You Should Be Here’s dynamism and generosity is something to be amazed by,” while Billboard proclaimed it, “The year’s first great R&B album.” It landed on Complex’s “Best Albums of 2015,” Noisey’s “50 Best Albums of 2015,” and Rolling Stone’s “20 Best R&B Albums of 2015.”
Kehlani says. “I read this quote by Lao Tzu that really inspired me: If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. I’m taking it one day at a time. When people hear Sweetsexysavage, I want them to dance, have fun, and enjoy it. That’s the vibe.”