“I write songs about people,” says K. Michelle, the 33-year-old R&B spitfire and Memphis native whose previous three albums went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On her latest LP, Kimberly: The People I Used to Know (out Dec. 8), some of those folks are from her past (“A lot of people I don’t even talk to anymore”), one’s a major reality TV star, and one is, well, herself. And they weren’t her only inspirations — alcohol and edible cannabis fueled her songs, too.
Michelle breaks down how exactly she got into “the zone,” and just what was on her mind as she tackled everyone from God to a certain Kardashian.
“God Love Sex and Drugs”
“People want to box me in so bad — they want me to be one thing. I’m learning that my complexities make me. That’s why this song speaks on who I am. It’s controversial because it’s saying everything I love: God, sex and a little bit of drugs. I believed in my last album, but the people around me didn’t. I have a brand-new A&R, and he understood