Kehlani is ending 2020 on a much better note than she started. Despite losing several friends and ending “Toxic” relationships, the R&B singer says she came out “forever changed.”
“2020 was a year of angels. Tomorrow will be one year since we lost Lex. [We] lost Chynna this year. Ryan,” she tweeted. “Forever doing everything in your names.”
At the top of 2020, Kehlani lost her dear friend and upcoming rapper Lexii Alijai, who was featured on her 2015 single, “Jealous.” A month later, the “Toxic” singer went through a tumultuous breakup with rapper YG, which she detailed on her breakup track, “Valentine’s Day (Shameful).” In early April, Kehlani was left mourning over the lost of Philadelphia model and rapper Chynna Rogers at the age of 25, which followed the death of her close friend Ryan Bowers in July.
Despite several losses, Kehlani experienced many highs including celebrating the first birthday of her daughter Adeya Nomi Parrish in March and buying her first house this summer.
“[And] this year my daughter turned one. We bought a home, dropped an album, and started a production company,” Kehlani continued in another tweet. “Got my life changed/saved and by new found elders & god-family. Ending the year protected. heart full & forever changed.”
After releasing her sophomore album in May, It Was Good Until It Wasn’t debuted at the #2 spot on the all-genre Billboard 200 Albums chart.
The Oakland native went on to release a number of quarantine-style music videos for tracks like “Everybody Business” “F&MU” and “Can I.” The self-edited videos were released under Kehlani’s director alias “Hyphy Williams” and her independent company, Honeyshot Productions. That in part earned her a spot on the cover of Billboard’s annual R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue.
By Rachel George
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