Wednesday, May 15, 2013

[NEW MUSIC]: KELLY ROWLAND – ‘DIRTY LAUNDRY’


“Swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry.”

Kelly Rowland airs out her darkest secrets on “Dirty Laundry,” the second single off her upcoming album Talk a Good Game. The singer is her most vulnerable yet, opening up about pursuing a solo career after Destiny’s Child and watching Beyoncé’s career take off while she was feeling discouraged.

Kelly Rowland has been very private when it comes to her personal life, but now, she’s putting everything on the table in her new record, “Dirty Laundry.” On the new track, which premiered on Power 105.1FM’s Breakfast Club this morning, she makes a very honest revelation about being jealous of Beyonce’s success at one point in time and being involved with with an abuser (we can assume she’s talking about a boyfriend???) who tried to turn her against her friends–especially Beyonce.

“When my sister was on stage, killin’ it like a motherfu**er/ I was enraged, feelin’ it like a motherfu**er/ Bird in a cage, you would never know what I was dealing with/ Went our separate ways, but I was happy she was killin’ it/ Bittersweet, she was up, I was down,” sings Kelly on the record, written and produced by her “Lights Out” tourmate The-Dream.

She also speaks candidly about a tumultuous relationship with an ex-boyfriend. “I was battered, he hit in a window like it was me until it shattered/ He pulled me out, he said, ‘Don’t nobody love you but me, not your mama, not your daddy, and especially not B.’”

While my sister was on stage killing it like a mother
I was enraged feelin’ it like a mother
Bird in the cage, you would never know what I was dealing
we went our separate ways but I was happy she was killing it
Bittersweet, she was up I was down.
No lie I feel good for her, but what do I do now?
Meanwhile, this n-gga putting his hands on me
swear y’all don’t know the half of this industry.

Chorus
Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.
Let’s do this dirty laundry, this dirty laundry.
When you’re soaked in tears for years, it never airs out
When you make pain look this good it never wears out
It’s dirty laundry, dirty laundry

And it’s almost been a decade, I’m behind them black shades
Roll up like it’s all good, riding in that Escalade
Fix my make up, get it together Kelly get it together
Then we make up, we’ll get it together, get it together
Kind of lucky I was in her shadow.
Phone call from my sister. What’s the matter?
She said Oh no, You’ve got to leave.
I’m on the kitchen floor. He took the keys
I was mad at everybody. I mean everybody.
Yea her her her, everybody
Five years later, I got my sh-t down pat.
Think I had it good and they don’t know how bad.
Fooled everybody except myself.
Soaking in this hurt, bathing in this hurt.

[Chorus]

So here I am in this spin cycle,
We coming and we going, nobody could notice
I was trapped in this house lying to my mama
Thought it could get no worse as we maximized the drama.
Started to call them people on him, I was battered.
He hit the window like it was me until it shattered.
He pulled me out and said “Don’t nobody love you but me
not yo mama, not your daddy and especially not Bey”
He turned me against my sister, I missed ya!

[Chorus]

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I loved the honesty in the record. Over the years, Kelly has definitely left a lot to be desired when it came to her personal life but she definitely has a story to tell. She could write a book.

Talk a Good Game arrives June 18 featuring Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, and more.

Listen to Kelly’s confessions below.

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