While the world is speculating on whether or not one of the other founding members of Destiny’s child, Beyoncé, is pregnant with child number two; Kelly Rowland, another founding member, has released her latest album. Entitled Talk A Good Game, one of Kelly’s songs on the album, gets emotional about airing her “Dirty Laundry” in respect to her relationship with Beyoncé.
Talk A Good Game is kelly’s second album for Republic Records and her fourth album overall. It is due for release on June 18th. It is being touted as the album that shows Kelly completely coming into her own as a solo artist with her renewed focus on R&B and her most forthcoming, hard-hitting tracks to date.
The highlight of the album is the song Dirty Laundry a collaboration with The-Dream that Ms Rowland premiered today, May 15th on her SoundCloud page. This personal and candid track has Kelly stripping herself bare with a frankness and poignancy in her lyrics that relate to a rough period shortly after the release of her 2002 solo debut Simply Deep.
The song, Dirty Laundry, unfolds in chapters, with Rowland confronting her resentment and anger over Beyoncé’s post Destiny’s Child success with the first verse.
“When my sister was on stage / killing it like a mother fucker / I was in a rage / feeling it like a motherfucker,” she sings, later adding, “Post-‘Survivor,’ she on fire / Who wanna hear my bullshit?”
The second and third verses take a darker turn, with Rowland singing about an ex who was “hitting the window like it was me / And still it shattered.He pulled me out and said ‘Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.'”
Recording the song was an emotional strain for Ms Rowland and it took her nearly a dozen takes to lay down her vocals without crying. And the song is still an emotional experience for Kelly as she found out at a recent listening for her label, she had to leave the room before the song was played.
Kelly relayed to Billboard that, “It was very emotional. It took me days to record. I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.”
The-Dream told Kelly that, “I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.” He also said that he had to push Rowland to go outside her comfort zone, compiling highlights from different personal stories that she had shared with him as he put together the lyrics for the song.
“What unfolds on TV or on the Internet, it’s never really that. You think it is but it’s just not. When you have a stage like Kelly has, you should talk about that part of your life. I think Kelly’s way deeper than that,” he added.
Rowland and the-Dream are set to start a summer tour, Lights Out, which will begin on May 24th in Kansas City, where Rowland plans to do something special with Dirty Laundry. Kelly said, “It’s me, a light, and a mic. Stripped and honest.”
With all the positive reactions to her album already, it will be hard to wait till June 18th for her album to be available so we can hear her “talented” catharsis in music.
By Michael Smith