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1[[quoteright:350:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/kehlani2018iheartradiomusicawardsarrivalsi8uragxhlq9l_6.jpg]] ² [[caption-width-right:350:Kehlani Parrish]]Kehlani Ashley Parrish (born April 24, 1995), recording mononymously as Kehlani, is an American singer, songwriter and dancer, signed to Atlantic Records. Kehlani is originally from Oakland, California, where she achieved initial fame as a member of the teen group Poplyfe.²²In 2014, she released her first commercial mixtape, Cloud 19. The mixtape was listed as one of the Complex's "50 Best Albums of 2014." In 2015, Kehlani released her second commercial mixtape, You Should Be Here. The mixtape debuted at number 5 on the national R&B/Hip-Hop chart, preceded from her sold-out North American promotional tour. In 2016, she was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Urban Contemporary Album for You Should Be Here. Kehlani released her first major-label debut album, ''[=SweetSexySavage=]'' on January 27, 2017.²²In 2019, she released her third mixtape ''While We Wait'', to both critical acclaim and commercial success.²²Kehlani has previously identified as bisexual, queer, and pansexual before coming out as a lesbian in 2021. Kehlani is also nonbinary, using she/her/hers and they/them/theirs pronouns.²²In an interview with Billboard magazine, Kehlani has described herself as "[[MixedAncestry mixed]]" (she is Black, White, Native American, Filipino and Mexican). ²²In a Billboard interview, Kehlani revealed that the origins of her name are Hawaiian, despite not herself being of Hawaiian descent at all. It's because of this that a lot of Hawaiian fans who encountered her got mad at her.²²Kehlani has one daughter, born 2019, from a past relationship with her guitarist Javaughn Young-White.²----²!!Discography:²Mixtapes:²* ''Cloud 19'' (2014)²* ''You Should Be Here'' (2015)²* ''While We Wait'' (2019)²Albums²* ''[=SweetSexySavage=]'' (2017)²* ''It Was Good Until It Wasn't'' (May 8, 2020)²²* ''Blue Water Road'' (2021)²!!Tropes Found In Her Music Include:²²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her song “Gangsta” has her singing about wanting a gangsta as a boyfriend.²* BoastfulRap: In "Can I", Kehlani raps about being skilled in the bedroom and tells her lover to leave his girlfriend for her.²* On her verse on the remix of "Icy Grl" by Saweetie, she raps about her wealth, not being bothered by her haters, the fact she could steal anyone's romantic partner as well as the fact she's not even known for rapping.²* TheBigDamnKiss: Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko at the end of "What I Need".²* BisexualLoveTriangle: A brief one between Kehlani, Hayley Kiyoko and the creepy male hitchhiker in "What I Need".²* BreakupBreakout: After the group PopLyfe disbanded due to creative differences, Kehlani began an (eventually successful) solo career.²* ClosetKey: Hayley for Kehlani in "What I Need".²* {{Gayngst}}: ²** Kehlani's character suffers this from her aunt in the opening of "What I Need" where she is evicted for being LGBT+.²-->'''Kehlani's Aunt:''' Where the fuck you think you're gonna go this time?... It the same place with that same girl!²-->'''Kehlani:''' The same place I always go. ... Yes, with my same-ass best friend! I go with all the time!²-->'''Kehlani's Aunt:''' You think I'm so fucking stupid that I wouldn't know that's more then just a best friend!? So fucking ungrateful! Go!!²-->'''Kehlani:''' I've been planning on going on this trip for a long time!²-->'''Kehlani's Aunt:''' Why did you turn out this way!?²-->'''Kehlani:''' Can I be me!? Can I be me!? I'm my own fucking person! Why does it always have to turn into about fucking her?!²* IntercourseWithYou: "Can I", "First Position", "Morning" with Teyana Taylor, "Touch Me Remix" with Music/VictoriaMonet.²* LipstickLesbian: In several music videos she plays lesbians with a feminine style.²* MethodActing: Under instructions from Hayley Kiyoko herself who directed the video for "What I Need", the opening dialogue between Kehlani and her homophobic aunt was completely improvised.²* MsFanservice: Her "Distraction" video and duet with Hayley Kiyoko and "Morning" With Teyana Taylor. ²* NightmareFuel: [[invoked]] As beautiful as the cover photo for her album "It Was Good Until It Wasn't", the back-drop photo of what's behind Kehlani that makes it unsettling. Some fans have even mistaken the collapsing building for 9/11 though Kehlani was quick to point out that it wasn't 9/11 happening behind her, just a random collapsing building.²* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: [[invoked]] Between Kehlani and Hayley Kiyoko's characters in "What I Need". Eventually becoming something more.²* RelationshipUpgrade: Between her and Hayley Kiyoko's characters in "What I Need".²* RealitySubtext: Kehlani's character struggling with being LGBT+ in "What I Need" coinciding with the singer's own coming out in 2021.²* RetroactiveRecognition: [[invoked]] In 2011, Kehlani auditioned for the sixth season of America's Got Talent with the group PopLyfe, and eventually finished in fourth place. ²* ShoutOut: "The Morning" video with Teyana Taylor reenacts the red photography kissing scene from Vicky Cristina Barcelona and the pool scene from Wild Things.²* SlapSlapKiss: "F&MU"details a fight between dysfunctional lovers being resolved in the bedroom.²* TransparentCloset: As Kehlani notes in a infamous coming out video on Tiktok, everybody in her family knew she was a lesbian before she knew and that "the f--king closet was glass!".²* AWildRapperAppears: Kehlani shows her rap skills off on her verse on the remix of "Icy Grl" by Saweetie.²----

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