Kehlani first came into our lives in 2015 with the release of her second mixtape, You Should Be Here. With that project, the Oakland native showed us her unique and vulnerable side.

Now at 21-years-old, the singer-songwriter delivers her debut album SweetSexySavage. The 19-track-project opens with a spoken word about a passionate woman who is trying to be understood in this modern world. The album then proceeds with tracks like “Keep On,” “Distraction,” and “Piece of Mine.”

Given that I listened to Kehlani’s #SSS the entire day on Friday, I couldn’t help but feel that the album lives and breathes the air of nostalgia for 90s-00s R&B and Pop. However, SweetSexySavage still holds its own refreshingly original take on today’s genre, #RnBass. Whether it’s the trap-fuelled like “Do U Dirty” “CRZY” or the emotive Pop-banger “Advice,” they’re all very catchy.

The Grammy nominated vocalist shines through on the album’s vocal production with an extensive range adapting to the extremes of songs like “Escape” and the up-tempo Akon-sampling “Undercover”. While some of the tracks have more than their fair share of club-friendly Pop hooks, Kehlani’s most powerful attribute remains her confessional approach of storytelling in the relationship with the Tsunami Mob, her fanbase.

Needless to say, SweetSexySavage is a powerfully optimistic record, and while it glances back to the 90s days, Kehlani has crafted something entirely of her own once again.

If you haven’t yet, take a listen to SweetSexySavage below and let us know your take in the comments section. – Lupe Looove