When she unleashed her new single, "Acapella," to the web today, one thing quickly became clear: Kelis is back--but not with a vengeance.
In fact, the uptempo cut is better suited for pop-locking than tire slashing, quite the opposite of what one might expect from a woman involved in a highly publicized divorce with Nas. But in an exclusive interview with VIBE in October--her first since becoming a mom--Kelis insisted that she's not singing scorned woman sorrows on her next LP.
"I think [fans are] expecting an angry record. And I'm not angry," Kelis says. "I'm actually curious to see how this goes over. People like angry records, they like the scorned women. But I'm not, and I don't feel that way. And I didn't feel that way when I was recording. The mood that I was in was so robust and full of life and new horizons. I hope people get that."
Instead of a disc full of "I hate you so much right now!" bawling, Kelis says her upcoming fifth studio album is greatly inspired by the birth of her first son, Knight. The dedication is apparent from the aforementioned "Acapella," which sounds like a techno remix of Lauryn Hill's "Zion."
Kelis speaks more on music, childbirth and divorce in her forthcoming feature on VIBE.com.
Her upcoming project, set to drop on will.i.am's Interscope imprint is slated for an early 2010 release. --John Kennedy with additional reporting by Kelley Carter