Kehlani Poses A "Distraction" For Anyone Trying To Claim The R&B Throne With Her "Say My Name"-Inspired Video

With her Destiny's Child-nodding video for "Distraction," Kehlani is gunning for that true R&B throne.

Kehlani is demanding the next spot in this R&B game.

In an era where trap music has grown in its influence beyond imaginable measures, it's refreshing to see someone successfully preserving the 90s-primed essence of the beloved sound. We’ve been given the much appreciated tri-fused new sound from the TrapHouseJazz Collective accompanied with Bryson Tiller’s molding of his own genre with Trap Soul. But now we can finally let go of that breath we’ve been holding hostage and be rest assured that someone is trying to hold it down for the prized genre.

The Tsunami ringleader is no stranger to sampling old school classics—which act as bait to hook you within the first :30 seconds of any song in her catalog—from Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor” to Ginuwine’s “So Anxious.” Kehlani’s fashion sense and M.O. act as the quintessence of TLC in regards to their style and self-love and know-your-worth attitude, especially with songs like “Be Alright” and “Bright” from the singer’s You Should Be Here mixtape.

But the Oakland princess took it one step further and paid homage to Destiny’s Child’s hit video for “Say My Name,” with respect to their infamous color-scheme scenes that can be seen above. The Yashxana-directed visuals for her single, “Distraction,” features herself along with friend, model and, for purposes of this video, love interest, Jordun Love. The rendition features a unique spin on the color scheme adding meaning to the tones. At first look, it seems apparent that each hued room represents the variety of faces in a casual relationship: yellow for innocence and fun, blue for the security and confidence to express sexuality, red for passion and sensuality and white for fantasy. Take a peek at the four most glaring similarities between “Distraction” and the Joseph Kahn-directed, “Say My Name.”


Kehlani could be labeled any 20-something and younger’s dream. The YSBH vocalist adds a little more edge and fantasy to her emulation of the Destiny’s Child scene with mystical gray hair, in all white threads, surrounded by clouds, smoking a blunt. With the nearly elementary approach to her style, she can rock her unique tats, including a portrait of Lauryn Hill and “Woke” on her left arm, as accessories to any fit that’ll go with either sneakers or heels, who wouldn’t pick Kehlani as their fantasy chick?


Here, the duo gets comfortable with each other sexually, as they engage in some groping that may prompt advised discretion for some viewers. This scenario touches base on the possible awkwardness that may be sensuality in the type of distractionship the Grammy-nominated artist describes in her single. Getting a little more up close and personal than the foursome-rule to the Destiny Child’s parent scene, the lovebirds clearly have no issues in that area.


In a breakdown of the song Kehlani did with Genius before the release of the video, she describes the nature of the bond between an ideal twosome in the type of relationship she portrays in the song and video. Being able to “call at anytime,” and just “kick it and chill” are key to the dynamics of the “dope, strong mental” connection that lays the foundation for the bond. Kehlani’s interpretation echoes the group-scenario evocative of DC’s original red room, but with an intimate focus on herself and Love, despite the two other girls who are already present in the bed with him as she crawls next to him. Jordun’s eyes are all on Lani Tsunami, highlighting the idea that no matter who he may be messing with, no one is breaking the bond between him and his girl.


Finally, you can’t have all this passion and skip out on the goofy. In the vibrant-hued scene that steers away from the inquisitive aura in the similar orange room in the Destiny’s Child version, Love and the “Distraction” Queen take a break from their grinding and just enjoy each other’s comedic company. Creating a makeshift mustache with Jordan’s hair and making goofy faces as they dance and sing to each other, the couple makes you think about using them as their next #RelationshipGoals.

Check out the visuals below.

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Gucci Mane, XXXTentacion, & More Friday Releases You Need To Hear

Another week, another list of Friday music releases. The week's of 2018 are dwindling, but there is a little more time left for some last-minute music releases. From Gucci Mane, to XXXTentacion, and Ice Cube, here are the albums and singles that you need to hear.

Gucci Mane – Evil Genius

Gucci Mane's 13th studio album is here. The rapper dropped his new project, Evil Genius, featuring an all-star list of talent, including, Quavo, Kevin Gates, Lil Skies and 21 Savage. The LP also features production by Metro Boomin, Murda Beatz and Southside.

The latest music drop marks the perfect finish to an eventful year for Guwop. He previously dropped DropTopWop, Mr. Davis, and El Gato The Human Glacier this year. Even so, the rapper suggested that he wants to make a bang with Evil Genius.

"I think this time, this album was like the first time I kind of had more fun making the records," he said during an interview with Beats 1. "With the intentions of just going in the studio and just had fun and this is what came out. But before, I was kind of going and expressing myself, talking through the mic, like I had a lot of my chest. This album was like, let's find the best beat, make the best song and put it out."

XXXTentacion – Skins

In celebration of XXXTentacion's posthumous album, Skins, his estate and friends through a livestreamed event at 9p.m. EST, featuring Trippie Redd, PnB Rock, Ski Mask the Slump God, Matt Ox and more.

There has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the late rapper's new release. It's his first since his death in June 2018. The album features only one guest appearance from Kanye West. On the track, which is entitled "On Minute," Ye reportedly addressed abuse allegations brought against X. In support of the album, Kanye also released a Yeezy capsule collection, commemorating their single.

Since X's death he has been regarded as a young legend, gone too soon. His sophomore album ?  peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Listen to Skins below.

Ice Cube – Everythang's Corrupt

Ice Cube is make with Everythang's Corrupt. The album's only feature is OG rapper Too $hort.

Cube already got fan excited after released the one of the LP's single "Arrest the President." The track takes aim at President Trump's corruption and racist policies. The album's cover art features Cube holding a 100-dollar bill in his bloodied hands.

Everythang's Corrupt is Cube's tenth studio album and his first in eight years. It's a follow-up to 2010's I Am the West.

Sneakk Ft. YG & Tyga – "Spray"

New artist Sneak has joind forces with YG and Tyga to bring their new banger "Spray." It's Sneakk's first track released through Def Jam. The single definitely sounds like the new stripper anthem or the perfect track to ride down the block to.

Ahead of the single's release, the rapper's shared a teaser on social media featuring a behind the scenes look at their music video.

Michelle Williams – "Fearless"

Michelle Williams is back. The songstress – best known as a member of the popular girls group Destiny's Child – recently dropped a new solo record entitled "Fearless."

The pop record is an inspirational anthem, encouraging fans to face their fears and chase their dreams. This is a huge moment for Williams, as it is her first single in nearly four years. It also follows an overwhelming year for the singer, who got engaged in Apr. 2018, as well as publicly revealed her battle with depression and mental illness.

Listen to the new track below.

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Premiere: Fuego And A. Chal Take Over The Strip Club In "Dancin" Music Video

Dominican trap artist Fuego has created an ode to the art of stripping with his new single “Dancin,” featuring producer and R&B extraordinaire A. Chal. The visuals for the track are laced with bright blue club lights and brief salacious interludes of voluptuous young ladies dancing provocatively.

The two are seemingly in a never-ending party in efforts to promote strip club etiquette through their tantalizing lyrics. There's no denying that Fuego's sound is reminiscent of today's prominent trap artists like Migos and Future, but he packs in a Latino flair, like his contemporaries Bad Bunny and El Alfa. The Washington D.C. native's sound is similar, but it's worth noting he's been on the scene for a while, steadily etching his mark as his musical prowess rises within hip-hop and Latin audiences.

“For some reason, I've always wanted to do a sound that American hip-hop has, and then break that my way,” he tells VIBE. “When it comes to putting stuff together and making fusions of music, I've done it all my life. When I first started out, I did reggae beats, but I was rapping over them. There’s a little more urban, hip-hop sound in the Latin community. Before, it was mad reggae. It either had to be a tropical type song or reggaeton song. I've always wanted to come out with hip-hop music."

Watch the video for "Dancin" below.

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Noname Tells A Tale Of Black Boy Plight In 'Blaxploitation' Visual

Noname's first music video is better than expected as the artist takes on the topics of dangerous implicit biases toward young men of color.

On Tuesday (Dec. 4), the Chicago rapper/poet released "Blaxploitation," a standout from her critically acclaimed album, Room 25. Directed by Alex Lill (Sampha, Joey Bada$$,  Lil Yachty) and written by Noname, the short film includes homages to Blaxploitation films of the 70s through its the style of multiple frames at once as a toddler wrecks havoc on a small-scale version of Chicago.

The music video gives the metaphorical message of how the black boy is criminalized from the beginning of his life. Even in the joy of imagination, his existence is subjected to a criminal or as the townspeople deem him: a monster baby.

The 27-year-old singer will continue riding high off the critically and streaming success of her debut album Room 25 as she will embark on a 37-city trek across the country and Canada.

The Room 25 tour kicks off in Detriot on Jan. 2nd. Dates can be found here.

READ MORE: Noname To Replace ‘Room 25’ Album Art After Designer Abuse Accusations

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