Kehlani – While We Wait Mixtape Review

You know what they say about first impressions right? They will always be the indicator of what’s to come in the future. This is my first proper listen to Kehlani’s work and I don’t know. She’s a great singer but I don’t agree with all that she has to say. While we wait is a mixtape meant to keep us busy while we wait for her child to be born and there is much to be discussed. Here goes.

Also, this marks a change in how I review albums so I’ll be talking about various aspects of the record.

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Overview

This is another serving of the modern RnB. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of it given that there is a blurred line between RnB and Hip Hop nowadays. Rappers are the romantic people and the RnB guys are the douchebags. What a time to be alive.

Production

The beats are okay. Nothing spectacular. Just some chill vibes and some beautiful singing from Kehlani. That’s the best part about the whole mixtape. Her singing. Goodness me, she has an amazing voice. I believe there is so much more to expect from her so I would definitely watch this space.

However, the same can’t be said about the features. I only liked Ty’s contribution in Nights Like. Musiq Soulchild was okay, 6LACK sounded like he was better off somewhere else. Not that his contribution is bad, it’s just that he sounds so bored when Kehlani was giving all of her energy to the song. Then we have DOM KENNEDY. Yeah, I’m done with rappers finding ways of flossing their stuff in RnB songs.

Lyrical themes

This is the big one. It’s a double edged sword for me. On one hand, I enjoyed some of her songs and on the other hand, I was left kind of confused. Let me explain.

As I mentioned earlier, this is your normal dose of modern RnB. If it entails the artist being a total douche, then I’m not going to be looking forward to any more RnB albums. Before I start ranting, let’s look at all the themes in the mixtape.

Some songs are quite good, like Morning Glory which talks about accepting someone at her worst and her best. I still jam to this. Feels basically talks about…feels. Nothing more to add on that. How about Love Language which emphasizes the point on learning to appreciate someone for who they are. These are actually my favorite songs in the mixtape. Then we have Too Deep…oh dear.

So, the song is about how her relationship with her side partner has gone way too deep than it should have ever been. It should have been all about the sex but it ended up being way more intense than her main relationship. Okay, cool. I like how she tackles the issue but I have one question that I have to get off my chest. What the Fuck???

Can someone please tell me when we started accepting side relationships as a good thing? I mean, do what you want, it’s your life, but are we accepting it as the new normal? We all know how they ruin good relationships and here we are embracing it. Modern RnB ladies and gentlemen.

Verdict

Other than some questionable themes being discussed, it’s a decent mixtape. Here is to hoping that her album (if there is any in the works) will have as much energy as she has in this mixtape. Good first impression but I still have my concerns. 7.8/10.

 

 

 

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Elvis Mwangi

Student of life, Blogger, Audiophile. Lol.