By: Banzi Mehlo
On May 8th, Kehlani dropped her sophomore album, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t. This is a follow-up to her successful debut album, SweetSexySavage which gained her major exposure in the RnB scene. Between being a mother and having a public relationship with YG, Kehlani gave us a mixtape, titled While We Wait that was a lead up to this second album. This second album is about exploring relationship dynamics, also mostly influenced by her past relationships . It takes a moody RnB route, compared to her upbeat pop debut album.
The album has a total of 15 songs; chapters of a melancholy story of love. This body of work takes us on quite a moody journey from the first track, Toxic. This album opener with Ty Dollar $ign on the background vocals portrays the toxicity of her relationship and how one misses getting affection and attention from their partner.
Everybody’s business, highlights how her fame has turned her life into everybody’s business. The song deals with how she no privacy whatsoever and how her relationships always end up in the public eye regardless of her efforts to try and keep them private.
This album has come quite close to RnB perfection, with its concept resting heavily on a chaotic love story. The mutual understanding between the lovers is what stood out for me and I truly believe communication is a major key to a successful relationship, something today’s generation has lost. I would, however, have loved it if Toxic was a bit longer because it feels as if I was left on a cliffhanger. The album is a masterpiece and I give it a 10/10. The concept of the album was thought-provoking with the theme accompanied by “Quarantine style” visuals, this is proof that Kehlani is part of RnB royalty.