Kehlani Talks 'SSS' Inspiration, World Tour, Muslim Ban + Identifying As Queer

Kehlani stopped by the AT&T studios to chat with Angie Martinez on a high note about dropping her first album 'Sweet, Sexy, Savage' while in the studio she talked about:

  • Processing the fact that her first album has been released and is being received with so much positivity.
  • Her positive thinking technique which she uses to stay clear of any negativity that comes her way.
  • Feeling as although she is only 21 she also feels 300 and 13 years old at the same time.
  • Her fan base reaching both men and women of all ages. 
  • Being raised by her auntie due to her parents both struggling with addiction + how her family feels about her success.
  • Growing up listening to early 2000's neo soul and not 90's R&B as many speculate.
  • The Aaliyah comparisons but yet the singer not entirely being the main artist that she took from.

  • The loss of her friend and security guard a few months ago.  He would watch me when I’m drunk…he’s just great. We’re just glad he’s out of pain.” 

  • The hurt that comes with social media yet still continuing to use her social media accounts “I get more love than I ever got hate…I have to focus on who loves me.” 

  • Vocalizes her love and obsession for Cardi B and how she admires her fearlessness. 
  • Drops some interesting facts about Koala Bears. 
  • Her love for reading and the two books that she uses to help her through life + her connection with author Paulo Coelho who is the only person she follows on Twitter.
  • She is excited for her American and European 'SSS' tour.
  • The magical moment she had with a blue butterfly in the middle of the ocean while on vacation in Jamaica.

  • Marching to the beat of her own drum when it comes to her personal style and always playing with her hair cuts/colors since she was a kid.

  • Appearing on ‘America’s Got Talent’ and being mentored by Nick Cannon who took her under her wing and even set her up in her first apartment which was already furnished.
  • Talks about how difficult it is to celebrate her album release but American social issues are depressing her.
  • Elaborates about being a female, queer and a minority and how she embraces it. 
  • Talks about how she is no longer using Uber of Lyft, she is now using the movie app. 
  • She talks about how even though the Bay is home, her move to New York has created a sense of normalcy for her.  
  • Her suggestion for those people who want to help the people out her protesting and helping those assisting people facing deportation.

  • New York helping her find herself and allowing her to get away and have a sense of normalcy that she had not had in years.

Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez

Angie Martinez is recognized as one of the most influential personalities in popular culture and multi-media. Originally known as “The Voice of New York,” Angie’s nearly 20 years of on-air hosting experience has led her to become the media... Read more


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