Track Review | Kehlani, ‘Do U Dirty’
Ahead of debut album SweetSexySavage, up-and-coming R&B artist Kehlani drops another captivating single with “Do U Dirty.”
Up-and-coming R&B artist Kehlani is set to drop her official debut album, SweetSexySavage January 27, 2017. Prior to SweetSexySavage, she released a Grammy-nominated mixtape, You Should Be Here, in 2015. Ahead of SweetSexySavage, Kehlani has dropped a number of singles, with the earliest being “Distraction” and “CRZY.” She returns with another gem, “Do U Dirty.”
“Do U Dirty” embraces the modern R&B sound through and through. This sound encompasses the drums, synths, minor key scheme, and ample “swagger.” A perfect example of swagger occurs on the first verse, with Kehlani singing:
“Up for hours drinking / Posted up, just reflected on it / And I know you won’t believe me / But babe, I’m cold and yeah, this life is cold.”
Kehlani delivers rhythmic vocals throughout “Do U Dirty.” While she’s singing, the influence of hip-hop – namely pop-rap – is clear as mud.
By the pre-chorus, the lead vocals grow more assertive:
“Swear you see the good in me / but that don’t beat the hood in me / And I got my intentions and use / Guess I’m make believe ‘cause baby, I know, baby, I know.”
The chorus is simple but effective:
“I, I’ma do you dirty / Say you love me now, but baby, it’s too early / I, I’ma do you dirty / You think you love me now, I think you should be worried.”
Kehlani is brutally honest lyrically. She shows her sharp tongue on the first verse:
“And I can see you from a distance / I could f*ck you know and years later on / You gon’ be stuck, just reminiscing / it’s the way I ride you, let you stay inside / Yeah, I’ma f*ck you like a vixen / there’s something ‘bout me.”
“Do U Dirty” gives Kehlani another worthwhile single. It takes a couple of spins for “Do U Dirty” to unveil its magic, compared to earlier singles. Still, the potential is tremendous.