Kehlani Talks Depression, Heartbreak, & Debut Album

Kehlani gets candid.

During an interview with Power 106’s “The Cruz Show” this week, the Bay Area songstress opened up about her personal and professional life including her battle with depression, overcoming heartbreak, and her debut album SSS.

“I’m definitely in the last part of it,” she said of the long-awaited project. “I’m in the final run. I’m doing all the tweaking and bringing in people to give me opinions…Dope people that I trust, other artists and producers that I work with…I’m putting tracklists together, thinking of tracklists, plotting on artwork.”

Late last month, Kehani revealed what fans should expect from the forthcoming LP.

“On my first mixtape [Cloud 19], I was really focused on how it sounded sonically,” she said. “I wasn’t trying to just write, write, write… On the second one [You Should Be Here], I was trying to write, write, write… and I wasn’t focused too much on how it sounded. I wasn’t focused on making sure it sounded full…This one, I really took my time like, ‘Every song, I not only have to write really intensely, but I have to make sure that I push myself to get the sonics correctly.”

See Lani’s full interview and highlights from the Q&A below.

On suicide attempt: “I’m strong enough to — thank God — be able to talk about it in a positive way and push forward in an inspirational way and not dragging it on or in a victimizing type situation. I wasn’t a victim. I’m never a victim. I refuse to be a victim. I’m not.”

On depression: “I think it was a combination of things. One, the response was insane. Two, I think people forgot that I was a 21-year-old going through the biggest heartbreak of my life. On top of it being a very public, scary, very scary thing with that, it was…I’m hurting, y’all. I’m going through heartbreak. This is a young woman who’s dealing with a guy. On top of all that, it was that. It was really recovering from all of these things at once.”

On newfound strength: “On the flip side, there’s not too much that can hurt me now. I used to be very easily hurt and now I’m like, ‘Please, unleash it all on me. I’m gonna still be unfazed as hell after you stop talking.’ It’s a gift.”

On fame: “A lot goes down. You have to live your regular life in front of a bajillion people and trying to make time to be a regular person is probably really hard and something a lot of people don’t understand. If you’re having a shitty day and go to work, when you’re done with your shift, you can go home and you can chill. As an artist, this is really our shit 24/7.”

On Selena Gomez: “We didn’t [get together] but I think she’s doing her own thing right now and I’m sending her all the love in the world right now in getting where she needs to be. That’s what’s really important.”

On Nick Cannon: “Family. He’s the greatest person on Earth and I will be the first person to always say that…He’s not out here trying to be Kendrick Lamar. He’s not out here telling y’all, ‘I’m about to rap your head off, hip-hop battle me, dog.’ He’s like, ‘I do a lot of things. Rapping happens to be another thing I’m good at. I’m having so much fun in the studio with my friends making songs and I just want to share it with you because I’m having fun.’ That’s why I admire him.”