7 Kehlani lyrics from her new album that show how she's surviving past drama

7 Kehlani lyrics from her new album that show how she's surviving past drama
Kehlani poses for photographers backstage during the Power 99 Powerhouse 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Philadelphia.
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Kehlani poses for photographers backstage during the Power 99 Powerhouse 2016 at the Wells Fargo Center on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, in Philadelphia.
Source: Owen Sweeney/AP

Relationship drama isn't uncommon for teens and young adults alike. For singer Kehlani, in 2016 at 20 years old, frictions in her dating life played out quickly in social media and led to a scary suicide attempt. This incident showed the ill twist to sharing anything intimate in the super-exposed world we live in. Kehlani, who continued to get attacked by trolls after the event, still found a way to stand strong, speaking out about mental health awareness at a show in May.

But now, almost a year later, the Oakland native has taken what felt like a powerless moment for her and channeled that severity into a collection of 19 songs of survival and empowerment. On SweetSexySavage, released Fridayshe performs with feminine vulnerability and sway, an intersection illustrating her humanity. The album's title is exactly what you get: throughout the album, we hear sweet, sexy and savage versions of Kehlani. 

"I'm just trying to be successful in my own terms and be happy and be healthy and that's it. I've definitely grown up faster, and seeing a lot of crazy shit go down definitely just made me focus on the bigger picture," she recently told Elle.

The Grammy-nominated singer is strong vocally and brings mostly mid-tempo feel-good, danceable, hip-hop-driven R&B. There are also samples of R&B and hip-hop acts from before her time, including New Edition, Aaliyah and Akon.   

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Kehlani is still working through healing on this album, but she's clearly gained some clarity. With that being said, here is a look at seven moments on SweetSexySavage that show how Kehlani is surviving previous drama. All lyrics below are via Genius

1. "Personal"

All said and done you lost my respect



All said and done you’re the one I regret



Now you gon' watch from the crowd



Lookin' up like the rest

On this Aaliyah-sampling track, Kehlani lets the individual who brought her pain in the past know she hasn't lost her focus on what she came to this world to do.

2. "Piece of Mind"

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Won't be numb again (numb)



At least I didn't mess it up (yeah)



That was all your touch (yeah)



I don't miss it much (yeah)



But it made me who I am, I am, I am

Kehlani is working through residual feelings from an emotionally conflicting chapter in her life on this mid-tempo vibe filled with floating melodies. She's starting by getting back the things she once loved to do. She hasn't completely healed, but she's well on her way. 

3. "CRZY"

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They be tryna count me out though



I'm just countin', countin' blessins



A real woman 'bout her paper



Niggas don't know where I came from 

Kehlani does a sing-rap flow on a much harder beat, showcasing her versatility. She's proclaiming that she won't allow herself to be counted out of what she deserves. 

4."Advice"

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I almost crashed and fell right from the sky



I took a chance on this, yeah



I took too big a risk, yeah



And now I’m left with pain to get me high

On the low-tempo, weeping track written by Kehlani, she's at a crossroads and deciding whether she wants to stay with a man who is causing her pain or move forward.  

5. "Not Used It"

Never seen a nigga be a real man



I never seen a nigga with a real plan



And I still never been to a wedding



And I just see my family stressing



All the sons grow up with no daddies in every generation

On this trap-soul track, Kehlani realizes her past is blocking her from falling in love with someone that she knows is good for her. By coming to terms with the struggles of her upbringing she is beginning of the process of possibly carving a new path of love for herself, one that's different from her past experiences.

6. "Too Much"

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Something I will say



That don't mean I want you



That I might just miss your sex



You can go and stay my ex

"Too Much" reveals Kehlani's savage side as she tells an ex that she's over him emotionally — but doesn't mind having him physically. The thing is, he still wants more, but her straight, no-chaser honesty must be acknowledged. 

7. "Thank You"

Thank you for watching me walk across the stage



For walking me through my heartbreaks



Thanks for the love every step of the way



With no support this wouldn't be as great

Although Kehlani has faced a series of difficulties — especially in the last year — her fans and those who support her have helped her get past thoe trials. She shows her gratitude on "Thank You," a tracked backed by a gospel-style choir.

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