Confession: I have a soft spot for female-driven R&B ballads. My Spotify feed is comprised solely of Lauryn Hill, Brandy, and Jhené Aiko, and now, I have a new creative chanteuse to add to my roster: Kehlani.
During a recent trip to San Francisco, I was pleased to discover the Oakland-based singer-songwriter's title track from her first studio album, You Should Be Here, blasting in my Uber, and I've pretty much had it on loop ever since. In the moody, sultry ballad about a failing relationship, you can feel her pain through her highly visual lyrics:
I'm looking right at you, but you're not there
I'm seeing right past you, but you seem well aware
Your body is here but your mind is somewhere else
So far gone and you think I can't tell
Coupled with a smoldering beat, this song showcases why Kehlani is on the shortlist to become the next R&B princess. And if that's not enough to sway you, she just wrapped a nationwide tour, which included guest appearances from none other than Chance the Rapper. Heartbreak never sounded so cool.
Watch the music video for "You Should Be Here" below, and buy Kehlani's album, You Should Be Here, for $10 on the iTunes Store.