Label: TSNMI/Atlantic
Released: May 8

A lot has happened in Kehlani’s life since the release of her debut album back in January 2017: the birth of her daughter Adeya, a critically-acclaimed mixtape While We Wait, platinum single “Nights Like This” with close friend Ty Dolla $ign, and more. Now, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t tells all aspects of a relationship’s highs and lows, as well as the contradictions that come in between. Kehlani’s internal debate on love is no better reflected than on the James Blake-assisted “Grieving,” where she mourns the conclusion of a relationship she understands had to end. “The option was to stay and ride/Or to let it die/I picked a side, now I’m just grieving.” Don’t get it twisted, though. Kehlani didn’t follow up an album called SexySweetSavage with a project of sad songs pining over a man. This thing has an abundance of bad-bitch energy, with a Megan Thee Stallion-assisted “Real Hot Girl Skit, a long-awaited Jhene Aiko collaboration “Change Your Life,” and more. Across IWGUIW, Kehlani also confronts the harsh realities that come with being honest with yourself through a breakup. “I get real accountable when I’m alone/I get real about it all when I’m alone,” she muses on album standout “Toxic.” The album shines brightest when these reflections manifest themselves into Kehlani’s silky vocals over dark, moody, sultry beats. —Waiss Aramesh