SweetSexySavage may be the best R&B album of 2017 so far, but Kehlani’s journey to its finalization wasn’t always easy. The Oakland native, 22, showed immense promise on her first two mixtapes, 2014’s Cloud 19 and 2015’s You Should Be Here; the latter was nominated for a Grammy and featured St. Paul prodigy Lexii Alijai on “Jealous.” But last year, after the news broke that she was in a love triangle with singer PartyNextDoor and Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving, Kehlani encountered so much harassment she attempted suicide. She quickly reemerged last July, however, with two Hot 100-charting singles, “CRZY” and “Distraction,” and everything that Kehlani has endured lends real weight to her words on the new album. But SweetSexySavage is also compulsively danceable and even blissful at times, the triumphant work of a resilient young woman who can be expected to make hits for years to come. With Ella Mai and Jahkoy.