Kehlani: 'The World Should Be Very Afraid When I Start Producing'

Kehlani: 'The World Should Be Very Afraid When I Start Producing'

There's more to R&B's breakout star than what you see on the surface.

Published August 5, 2015

She's fierce and she knows it.

Oakland songstress Kehlani was one of BET.com's 15 New Artists to Watch in 2015, and based on the year she's had so far, we were right on the money. Just a few months ago it was all about her music, but now as her buzz has grown and as she covers The FADER's Fall 2015 issue, the world is learning that there's more than what meets the eye when it comes to her talent, skills and life story. 


In the exclusive feature story, Kehlani discusses her premature birth, being born to parents that were both addicts and doing a stint in foster care before being adopted by her aunt. She mastered dance before injuring herself as a teen, which led her to singing; and from that point on her path was clear.

She followed her dreams from Oakland to L.A. and back, and during that time she was discovered by Nick Cannon. With the timing right, everything is falling into place.

“As a songwriter, I break down a song’s melody, hook, timing, patterns, wordplay. I study Max Martin and s**t. ... I just focus on making what I make," she said. “Some people’s whole objective is to make money, and you can hear it in the song. That’s never my objective. ... The world should be very afraid when I start producing. That’s all I gotta say.” 

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Written by Taj Rani, @tajrani

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