Kelly Rowland and Beyonce hit it big with Destiny’s Child back in the 90’s with hits like “Bootylicious,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” and “Say My Name.” In 2000, they parted ways to pursue their individual careers but their solo success wasn’t equally distributed. Instead, Beyonce took off, leading her former bandmates in the dust. In an all new track, Kelly is opening up about the jealousy she felt watching Beyonce shoot to the top.
“When my sister was on stage / killing it like a motherf**ker / I was in a rage / feeling it like a motherf**ker,Bird in a cage/ You would never know what I was dealin’ with/ Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin’ it/,” Kelly sings in “Dirty Laundry.”
“Post-‘Survivor,’ she on fire / Who wanna hear my bulls**t?”
^ Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland at the 2007 B.E.T. Awards in Los Angeles on June 26, 2007. (Photo: Dimitri Halkidis / WENN)
In the song, Kelly also opens up about what seems to be an abusive relationship she was in following her Destiny’s Child exit. “[He’s] hitting the window like it was me / And still it shattered.He pulled me out and said ‘Don’t nobody love you but me / Not your mama / Not your daddy / and especially not Bey.'”
Yesterday, Kelly spoke with Billboard Magazine about the process of writing and recording the personal track, admitting that it took several tries to get her vocals laid down without crying. “It was very emotional. It took me days to record,” she told the magazine. “I had to get past being so upset and actually sing the song, not sob through it. I always hope that my music can inspire someone, the same way other artists inspire me.”
Kelly’s new album Talk A Good Game is set to be released on June 18.
Kelly is also on a new track with The Dream called “Where Have You Been?” and will joining him on his Lights Out tour beginning on May 23 in Minneapolis and ending on June 28 in San Francisco.