Kelly Rowland airs a pile of dirty laundry from the deepest corners of her walk-in closet on the second hit single released on Wednesday from her upcoming album, “Talk a Good Game.” Producing a light beat accompanied by the piano, The-Dream allows Rowland’s voice to expressively tell tragic events of her life as she clips her most delicate items on a clothesline for the entire world to see.
And this month, the laundry isn’t that light.
Rowland brings some of the heaviest loads of her life to wash, soulfully singing in her smooth, R&B voice: “When you’re soaked in tears, it never airs out. When you make pain look this good, it never wears out.”
It’s more than just some juvenile break up or a petty girl fight.
Rowland expresses the strong jealousy she had as the members of Destiny’s Child went their separate ways and childhood friend Beyoncé Knowles rose to the top – alone.
“When my sister was on stage killing it like a mother f—–, I was enraged feeling it like a mother f—–. Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealin’ with. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin’ it.”
Digging deeper into the load, Rowland even shares ins and outs of a past relationship: “Post Survivor she on fire, who wanna hear my bulls—-? Meanwhile, this nigga putting his hands on me, swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry.”
Rowland confesses that after the 2001 album, her career wasn’t the only thing that was in danger and suffering terribly. She was also dealing with an abusive relationship that even kept her away from her family and close friend.
“He said don’t nobody love you, but me. Not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not Bey. He turned me against my sister. I missed ya.”
We hope some soap and water are enough to do the trick, because we’d hate to see Rowland’s striving solo career end so soon. Rowland and The-Dream are scheduled to perform together this summer in the “Lights Out” tour, beginning on May 24. “Talk a Good Game” is due for release on June 18.
Taylor Washington writes about music for 101 Magazine.