Though it may be a good minute before we receive another full-bodied project from the R&B songstress, especially with her own little bundle of joy on the horizon, Kehlani has decided to bless her fans with a small token of her appreciation in the form of a mixtape. The appropriately named While We Wait features nine tracks discussing and celebrating the many intricacies of love in a way that only Kehlani could address.
Kehlani’s fourth project and first since the release of SweetSexySavage in 2017, While We Wait continues to showcase her empathetic nature and emotional comprehension. Illustrating themes surrounding complex relationships, and how difficult and important communication can be in our present state of self-exploration and expression, she reminds us that even within heartbreak and turmoil is a chance to learn and grow. This is especially true of the project’s opening track “Footsteps” which plays out like a conversation between past lovers on where things went wrong, with Musiq Soulchild providing his own set of vocals to the neo-soul mix.
Another standout of the collection is the 90s girl group reminiscent “Nunya” featuring fellow California based rapper Dom Kennedy. Speaking about an ex who can’t seemingly take a hint: “Callin’ my girls to check where I been/ If you needed to know, I’d drop a pin/ Keepin’ to yourself really ain’t a sin…” Kehlani captures an all too familiar sense of annoyance, turning it into a sing-able anthem similar to Destiny Child’s “Bug A Boo.” Her own provided ad-libs during the song’s chorus filling the air with rich harmony.
As far as favorites go, many have expressed appreciation for the project’s closing track “Love Language.” It’s always a good feeling getting to know a new potential love interest, and this song embodies all the best parts of it. With a beat that’s danceable and catchy lyrics that you’re sure to pick up instantly, Kehlani reminds listeners that new love isn’t always a scary venture, but a chance to start anew. Something many people can relate to.