K. Michelle – Birthday

Michelle shows she can sing, rap, and do everything in between on her “Kimberly” single. K. Michelle has announced her fourth studio album Kimberly: The People I Used to Know, which comes along with two singles; the Chris Brown-assisted “Either Way,” and the intoxicating “Birthday.”

Heavy enough for the club but slow enough for the bedroom, “Birthday” starts out as a aqueous R&B track akin to Rihanna’s “Needed Me.” However, K has some tricks up her sleeve; intensifying her vocal delivery as the song progresses, moving from a cooed approach to a more rhythmic, but still half-sung second verse.

Pretty soon, she’s launched into double-time raps, recalling her underrated “Down In The DM” remix. Michelle recently spoke to Billboard about the single.

“[Birthday] is a record that is so light and when you catch a vibe on something, it just feels good,” she said. “So it’s a record that is very, very vibey. The direction of the album is actually, I actually am talking about a lot of people — not bashing them, but speaking on some people who have been influential in my life, whether it was for the good or the bad.

Either way, it was a lesson learned. So this is just the fun song going out, but I can honestly say this is my best vocal album and you will get those in ballads like “Bring On Love” and “No Not You.” That speaks to who I am and the person and the woman that I’ve become. So I just say it’s a little piece on this rollercoaster journey that the album takes you in.”

The album is set to feature collaborations with Chris Brown, Jeremih and fellow Memphis-based artist Yo Gotti. It will also earn production from the legendary Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins. It’s still without a release date but is expected later this year.

Listen to Michelle’s excellent 2016 LP More Issues Than Vogue, which features guest appearances from Trina, Yo Gotti and Jason Derulo, here.