Kehlani surprised her fans with a gift on her 25th birthday today (April 24): the title and cover art for her sophomore album. It Was Good Until It Wasn’t will arrive May 8 via Atlantic Records.
The album artwork features Kehlani standing atop an outdoor chair with a running hose in one hand, her other hand perched atop a wall as she peeks into her neighbor’s world. Artists from Tinashe to Duckwrth heralded the cover, commenting on her Instagram post, “This cover is hard sis” and “This cover is actually tight af,” respectively.
Initially, the Bay Area-bred artist announced on March 15 that she planned on pushing back the release due to coronavirus. “to be transparent, i HAD a release date. we’re unable to complete any of our plans or move forward with the album at the moment due to the pandemic,” she wrote on Twitter.
Right around that time, she dropped the sultry breakup ballad “Toxic” with a Ty Dolla $ign assist. “i almost wanna feel a way when people assume what/who the songs i release are about , but on the flip side.. it means people trust and put faith in my transparency.. expecting vulnerability & honesty from me everytime now,” she tweeted synchronously with the release of “Toxic.” Just last Thursday (April 16), she put out “Everybody Business,” a fingerpicked guitar earworm about media’s laser focus on her love life and private affairs.
In the last few months, Kehlani has also dropped “You Know Wassup,” “All Me” featuring Keyshia Cole, “Konclusions” with YG and “Valentine’s Day (Shameful).” But fans have been waiting since While We Wait, which came out in February 2019, for another project. She hasn’t released a full-length LP since her debut album SweetSexySavage back in January 2017, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
Check out Kehlani’s album announcement below.