“Sometimes I’m [going to] smack a b–ch with flowers, sometimes I’m [going to] wax a motherf–ker, but I’m still a lady,” K.Michelle told her adoring audience at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Thursday night. Those who balk at hearing profanity in small spaces clearly haven’t been to a K show before. Seeing the Love And Hip Hop Atlanta star perform live is part comedy show, part therapy session, and, most importantly, a true example of a talented vocalist with personality to spare.
For over an hour K treated the crowd to cuts from her mixtapes (0 F–ks Given being the clear favorite) and her upcoming album, Rebellious Soul (out July 30), before a crowd of family, friends (including Angela Yee, Vivian Billings, and Mona Scott-Young), and friends that have become family. In addition to music, she did her best to insert deliciously entertaining anecdotes from her life (“I was eating some edibles, touching my thighs and [this song] just came out “) or cultural observations (“You have no right to judge nobody”) whenever possible. Looking every bit the epitome of glamour in a bedazzled bodysuit, she was an open book throughout the night, making this feel more like an intimate gathering rather than a major label showcase. She spoke freely about her time on LHHATL, making less than subtle nods to certain cast members–ahem, Ariane–in her lyrics (“What you know about your ex-boyfriend tell you he love you but he sleeping with your friend?”) and playing up the recent confrontation with Mimi by wearing a wedding veil and pretending to get married on stage during a new song (“When I Find A Man”) their televised flower fight inspired. “You know me, I’m an a–hole,” K laughed. “I write about everything I’m going through.” And for that, we are grateful.