An R&B/soul song with the word “rain” in the title has a huge legacy to live up to. There’s The Dramatics‘ “In The Rain,” Herb Alpert‘s “Making Love In The Rain,” Tony! Toni! Tone!’s “It Never Rains (In Southern California),” SWV‘s “Rain,” Ashanti’s “Rain On Me” and so many more on the long list of slow jams romanticizing stormy weather. Singer/songwriter/s**t talker K. Michelle now has her own addition to the list with her new single “The Rain.” The song interpolates another classic with rain in the title, New Edition‘s 1988 hit “Can You Stand The Rain.” Kimberly even thanked the songwriters, the legendary Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, for letting her use the track for her steamy bedroom number.
K. Michelle is letting her lover know just how good he makes her feel in between the sheets on “The Rain.” The lyrics are filled with a number of metaphors for sexy-time fun – from the super sexy (“I can make you overdose, make it over-flow, if you let me”), to the silly (“You may just get lost in it like Nemo”), to the naughty (“Come sip on it, as I drip on it”). The chorus is firmly based on NE’s original jam, but instead of a warning for the worst of times, K. is preparing you for her A-game. While the track does borrow from “Can You Stand The Rain,” producers Jazze Pha and Cory Mo inject some personal touches into the music, mixing up the instrumentation and arrangements a bit to give it a new but still familiar feel.
In the video directed by Zachary Greaton, K. Michelle comes through dripping in the fiercest and finest of fashions. The clip opens with Kim rocking long, bright red tresses and a shimmering dress made of broken mirrors that reflect the blues skies above and the cool pool of water she’s standing on. She sports a few looks throughout the visual, each stunning and stylish. Of course, there’s a scene with actual rain, where K. and her male co-star get soaked while firmly embracing each other.
“The Rain” comes from K. Michelle’s upcoming album All Monsters Are Human and joins the previously released girl posse cut “Supahood.” Listen to and watch K. Michelle’s latest and see if it will make it onto your next Quiet Storm playlist.