12:22pm May 20, 2013

Kelly Rowland’s ‘Dirty Laundry’ Sheds Shame, Tackles Envy


Original Destiny’s Child member and solo artist Kelly Rowland gave listeners a candid view of some trying experiences—namely an abusive romantic relationship and envy of band-mate Beyonce in her new song “Dirty Laundry.”

The track, which left the internet buzzing with respect and surprise, was released last Wednesday and will be included on Rowland’s fourth album. Talk a Good Game is scheduled for a June 18 release.

Rowland sang, “When my sister was on stage / killing it like a m__f___/ I was in a rage / feeling it like a m__f___.

While the intra-group envy interested some, others identified with the abuse message. Intimate partner violence affects millions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Rowland sang about her ex putting his hands on her and creating an environment of terror. “Hitting the window like it was me / And still it shattered. He pulled me out and said, ‘Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.’”

Rowland told Billboard magazine that the track was so painful to record that it was not anybody’s one-and-done.

“It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” Rowland said.  “I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.  Dream [the producer] said, ‘I want to write you a record so that people will know exactly who you are, underneath it all.’”

Rowland’s bravery reminded some of the precariousness of sanity and image. However, uncomfortable truths permeate throughout the song. “They say airing your dirty laundry in public is uncouth, but when your entire life is in the spotlight, they’re bound to see it anyway,” Emily Blake wrote for MTV.com.

Song supporters included former band-mate Letoya Luckett, Gabrielle Union, Holly Robinson Peete and Jackee Harry. In addition to her album’s June release, Entertainment Weekly reported that Rowland is expected to judge on Fox Network’s musical show The X Factor.



About the Author

Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson
Imani Jackson is a journalist and FAMU College of Law student with social commentary and/or news stories published on HBCU Digest, Clutch Magazine, the Daily American newspaper in Somerset, Pa, and the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.



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