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May 17, 2013  | by: Paris Close
(Republic Records)

(Republic Records)


Ever wondered how Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and the other girls of Destiny’s Child really felt about Beyonce‘s rise to iconic status? Me too. While Rowland and Williams have both professed their happiness for Beyonce’s success, I am not convinced that their humble attitudes are entirely genuine. There must be some sour feeling about transitioning from being a part of one of the world’s best-selling girl groups to a struggling solo artist, while your former band mate is constantly referred to as one of the best entertainers of our time.

And that is where Rowland comes in. Just recently, Rowland responded to the overwhelming question with her piano-heavy single “Dirty Laundry,” a dark confessional from her upcoming album, Talk a Good Game (due June 18). The track expresses the ups and downs of her solo career, rocky love life and is tragically honest about her envy.

It doesn’t take a devout DC fan to catch onto the song’s meaning as it clearly alludes to Rowland’s admiration of Bey in its opening verse: “When my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherfu**er/ I was enraged, feeling it like a motherfu**er.”

(Christopher Polk/ Getty Images)

(Christopher Polk/ Getty Images)


But the pain doesn’t stop there. Taking a chilling turn for the worse, Rowland’s repressed memories of an abusive ex-boyfriend emerge later on in the tune: “I was battered/ He hitting the window like it was me until it shattered.”

I’ve never been a fan of Rowland’s music, but I am now. Don’t get me wrong, I fell in love with her earlier singles, “Commander” and “Motivation.” But this song does it for me. Let it be known that her confession should not be looked at in shame but in honor.

This is what listeners want to hear in an artist’s music: honesty. Raise your hand if you’d be willing to admit your jealous of your band mate gal pal turned superstar songstress. No takers? Didn’t think so, which is exactly why this this act of boldness is an awesome feat for Rowland.

The song is stripped down to the core. Rowland bares everything and ironically speaking, dirty laundry never smelled so good. This song has opened up a door of trust for all listeners; we know who she is now. The tune itself is quite soothing to the ear, despite the bittersweet emotion.

Should Rowland have simply kept her emotions bottled up, or was “Dirty Laundry” her best move to date?

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