LISTEN: Kehlani Drops First Single Since Revealing Mental Health Struggles

4 May 2016, 10:54

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

"It's okay to not be okay"

Following a tremendously difficult few weeks, r&b singer, Kehlani is back and making new music. Fans followed closely during a dramatic social media firestorm that nearly cost the singer her life. Thankfully, Kehlani has been able to make a full recovery (mostly off social media) and her new single, "24/7", sees her talk depression like we've never heard from her before. 

 

 

A photo posted by @kehlani onMay 3, 2016 at 10:14pm PDT

Kehlani begins the song with the close-to-home declaration that "it's okay to not be okay." The beat stutters and ticks in a way that has grown to become the hallmark of the west coast/trap hybrid movement. 

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Kehlani is wise beyond her years, singing lyrics like, "I have those days when I am not myself and I'm not worried". Making "24/7" her first single after being hospitalized is a huge step toward letting fans know that she is recovering from her ordeal but also to treat each other with a little kindness. 

It serves as a reminder that we don't know who is okay and who isn't so we must be mindful of the experiences that other people may be suffering through in silence.