Air It Out: 5 Things We Learned From Kelly Rowland's 'Dirty Laundry'
After years of living in the shadow of the megastar diva that is Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland is ready to step into the limelight. In her latest Dream-produced track "Dirty Laundry," the 32-year-old bares all. There are lessons to be learned from her vulnerable verses. Flip through to find out what the Talk a Good Game songstress teaches us about love, pain and family when she cleans out her closet. -- Shannon Powell
1. Friends Help Friends Be Better
"When my sister was on stage , killing it like a mother fucker, I was in a rage feeling it like a motherfucker…post-survivor she on fire, who wanna hear my bullshit?"
When your best friend is doing the damn thing while you're waiting on your moment, you might find yourself getting jealous. It's okay. If that green monster rears its ugly head, simply use it as a way to push you to better yourself. Be happy for your friend and bring yourself up to his or her level. Bey's success acted as 'motivation' for Kelly to become the confident and fierce performer she is today.
2. This Industry is Dirty
"Meanwhile this nigga putting hands on me. Swear yall don’t know the half of this industry."
We've heard it time and time again -- when it comes to the music industry, beware. Dirty business deals, grimy contracts, and everything else that goes on behind closed doors all come with the territory. Kelly further proves why the music industry is not for the weak-willed when she explains that unless you experience it firsthand, you don't know the half of it. While she doesn't specifically state it, it can be inferred that the man who she endures years of an abusive relationship with has industry ties.
3. Love is pain and pain is love
"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."
Blinded by love, Kelly openly tells of some of the most vulnerable moments of her abusive relationship, describing how the man she was with not only physically abused her but also beat her down mentally. He made her feel weak, like she needed him because no one else cared. It's the classic tale of abuse -- you want to let go, but you don't think you can. But through Kelly's strength, she teaches that you can be a true 'survivor.'
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