Talk Shop: Kelly Rowland, Pharrell and Harmony Samuels Talk A Good Game

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3. “Gone”

The sassy, kiss-off number almost didn’t have a chorus. It took two days and a Janet Jackson reference before a Joni Mitchell was thrown in the mix. “[Kelly] kept saying, ‘it just sounds like Janet and what would Janet do?’” Harmony said of the “Big Yellow Taxi” sample that ultimately made the cut. When Courtney Harrell began singing the hook from Janet’s Velvet Rope lead single, the rest was history, publishing costs be damned!

4. “Talk A Good Game”

“We’ve all been in that place where you want somebody to just be completely 100 [percent] with you and ‘Talk a Good Game’ is just that,” Kelly said of one of four Kevin Cossum-penned records. The album’s title track is another one of Rowlands many self-proclaimed favorites and will likely be one of those pure mellow-vibe tunes that made friend and producer Harmony Samuels declare Kelly a general in the second coming of the R&B.