Kehlani – Gangsta Review
Is it me or Suicide Squad’s movie score has taken us over entirely? By the looks of it more than the movie itself, the music is a complete show stopper. This time, we have the rather unique Gangsta from Kehlani, who is all set – to ride or die.
The re-entry of the Joker is all abuzz this summer, and to perfectly complement his presence the movie score has been handpicked to each scenario of the movie and Gangsta fits perfectly on the subject.
Gangsta was released on August 1, 2016 and serves as the fourth single from the Suicide Squad soundtrack under Atlantic Records.
The single was written by a bunch of people namely – Myron Birdsong, Skylar Grey, Andrew Swanson and JMIKE, the latter two being also the producers.
Kehlani has recently released two singles with a separation of one month in between, following an early January 2016 suicide attempt. The attempt was pictured through Kehlani’s Instagram posts – showing an injured hand in the hospital. Since then, the post has been removed and the artist is recovering.
Back to the single, till now we have seen, ‘Heathens’, ‘Sucker for Pain’ and ‘Purple Lamborghini’ and unlike the latter, Gangsta takes the feminine route and speaks through Harley Quins perspective about her sultry relationship with the Joker in the movie.
Lyrically, Gangsta speaks about the inner mentality of Harley Quin’s character, the song is an expression of her inner freakish nature that she herself acknowledges “My freakness is on the loose. And running all over you”. To further her views she goes on to say “To love me better. Than all the others do. To always forgive me” highlighting a personality that has seen abuse and mistrust from society.
She has inner emotion left unsaid, having feeling of “I want someone with secrets that nobody, nobody, nobody knows”
Among the four singles, ‘Heathens’ and ‘Gangsta stand out’, while the latter edging just above. Being true and honest with the lyrics makes it one of the best singles out there.
A music video was released on August 5, 2016 on Kehlani’s YouTube account. In the video, she can be seen in places, making many reference to the movie. Additionally, also showing scenes between Harley and the Joker.
All in all, Gangsta furthers the dark ambiance of the soundtrack, by providing a dark undertone and mysterious musical composition.