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Bridget Kelly Says ‘It’s My Time,’ Talks Roc Nation ‘Pressure’

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With Jay-Z as her boss, and label mates like J. Cole, Willow Smith and Jay Electronica, Bridget Kelly is in good company n the music industry, but it’s no wonder that she feels a lot of pressure.

The New York City native, who took the stage at the Key Club in Los Angeles Tuesday night (Nov. 8) as the opening act for Goapele, revealed that being on the Roc Nation roster is as exciting as it is daunting.

“There’s a ton of pressure! My boss is married to the No. 1 chick in the game,” Kelly tells The BoomBox. “It’s great though because I have a direct line of communication to him, so If I have any questions or doubts, I can just go straight to him, run it by him and get his feedback, which is really great.”

She went on to divulge about how being on tour with Hov calmed her nerves. “That takes some of the pressure off because I don’t feel so detached from the brand that I carry on my shoulders,” she admits. “So there’s pressure, but I worked through a lot of that being on [the Blueprint 3] tour with him. Now it’s about me… It’s about my time, it’s about coming into my own. “

During her set, which also marked her first performance in L.A., Kelly performed three songs, including ‘Thinking About Forever’ — penned by Frank Ocean — and the first single off her forthcoming untitled debut called ‘Seek & Destroy,’ written by The-Dream; the latter of which she says was tailored to fit her personality.

“It’s kind of an in-your-face record,” she explains. “I use the f-word a lot. It’s definitely very frank and to the point. essentially what it’s about is how as women, we kind of reach a point where we give our all [in a relationship] and right before we’re about to take the plunge, we tell the guy ‘Listen, I’m here, you’ve got my attention, so don’t f it up!’”

While she has yet to pick a title — a task which she admits to being bad at — the songstress projects a spring 2012 release date for the album. For now, fans can download her free EP, ‘Every Girl,’ which dropped Oct. 19, here.

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