Here I Am
7.19.2011

5 Must-Hear Songs on Kelly Rowland’s ‘Here I Am’

Kelly Rowland seizes her long overdue moment with her third solo album Here I Am, making its way to stores on July 26. The Destiny’s Child diva sticks mostly to her R&B roots on the 10-track standard edition, but doesn’t abandon her dance fans with the David Guetta-produced “Commander” and RedOne-helmed “Down for Whatever.” A who’s who of top hitmakers including Tricky Stewart, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Jim Jonsin, and The Runners round out the lineup, while Big Sean, Rico Love, Lil Playy, and Lil Wayne go to bat for Ms. Kelly. With her No. 1 smash “Motivation” still in heavy rotation, Rap-Up.com gives you five more reasons to be excited for Here I Am.

“I’m Dat Chick”
Kelly sets off the album with this confidence-boosting ladies’ anthem produced by Tricky Stewart and penned by Ester Dean. “All my ladies put your hands up if you know, that you’re a grown ass woman with your own,” she declares over the pounding urban-electro beat that will have even the shyest of women coming out of their shells. Rally the girls and bump this before heading to the club.

“Work It Man” featuring Lil Playy
Fellas, if you want to know what kind of man Kelly Rowland wants, just take a listen to this. The Houston gal dedicates this jam to Mr. Right who accepts her for who she is, treats her right, and goes “hard in da paint.” The Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins-produced track starts off with a piano riff before crashing into a speaker rattling banger featuring Houston rapper Lil Playy. “Every good woman need a good man,” says Kelly. Kick the scrub to the curb and find yourself a “Work It Man.”

“Feelin’ Me Right Now”
Rico Love produces and writes this sexy jam about finding self-love in the club. Kelly realizes her own worth on the piano-driven mid-tempo. “I want to take her home ’cause I know I’ll love her right,” she sings, while asserting her independence. “She don’t need no Clyde, tonight she alright, she’s so Bonnie.” Tonight she’s ridin’ solo.

“Turn It Up”
On this synth-heavy number produced by Rodney Jerkins, Kelly buys a round of shots and turns it up in the club. Instead of airing out a former lover, she decides to drink away her frustrations and allow karma to handle the situation. “I could tell her everything you told me/ Instead I’m sipping till I’m empty,” she sings.

“All of the Night” feat. Rico Love
Kelly goes under the covers with Rico Love on this steamy duet. The Runners production features an interpolation of “One and One” by 2 Live Crew as Kelly compares her bedroom activities to music. “Turn me up, keep it bumping, like I’m your favorite song,” she coos. Mr. Turn the Lights On steps out from behind the scenes to talk dirty to his “lioness.” Play this one behind closed doors.