January 9, 1994 |
Singer-rapper R. Kelly says he always gets a good laugh when he hears people describe his hit single "Sex Me" as steamy. "People don't realize this is the clean version--you should have heard it before the cuts," he says, referring to the trims by nervous record-label executives. "The way it was originally, they were afraid it wouldn't get any airplay, so they cut it to the bone.
October 10, 1994 |
What is with R. Kelly? Headlining the rap/R&B Budfest at the Pond of Anaheim on Friday, the red-hot singer-producer closed his set with one of the weirdest, most schizophrenic juxtapositions of songs ever heard in an R&B concert. After an hour of steamy, lewd songs such as his hit "Bump N' Grind," he sang "Sadie," an impassioned homage to his late mother, complete with a picture of her on the stage. Actually, sang is an understatement.
May 28, 1996 |
There's a reason why R. Kelly felt the need to drop his trousers in front of 12,000 adoring fans on Sunday at the Pond of Anaheim, his eyes closed and arms held skyward as if caught in some type of religious rapture. It wasn't just about teasing the screaming women in the audience or revealing his taste in briefs. It was all about self-expression--showing his fans that he wants to let go.
November 29, 1998 |
The best way to tell when R. Kelly has a new album is to count the number of friends who come out to play basketball with the R&B superstar at a gym just five blocks from the United Center, home of Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
December 12, 2007 |
Jasmyne Cannick and other black activists plan to station themselves across the street from the Forum on Friday to protest a concert that night by R. Kelly, the R&B superstar and celebrity defendant, but Cannick is already resigned to the fact that her picket line will be outnumbered by scalpers. "It's like pulling teeth to get people to talk about this," Cannick said. "It's a challenge to get the black community to even discuss it. . . .
May 18, 2007 |
On R. Kelly's new single, "I'm a Flirt," the R&B lothario refers to himself as "a dog on the prowl" as he warns the world about his wanton ways. The buoyant song, whose lyrical content is somewhat tame by the singer's legendarily lascivious standards, has been creeping up the Billboard charts and just might become one of the defining summer jams of 2007. But "I'm a Flirt" isn't R.
June 8, 1999 |
Here's a question just for the ladies: If a guy walked up to you and laid out a line like "Your Body's Callin'," would you: (a) laugh and send him packing, or (b) invite him to sit down? In the real world, the answer would likely be (a). But in the private fantasy world of R&B-pop lothario R. Kelly, come-ons like his 1994 hit single work every time.
July 30, 2001 |
In R&B singer, songwriter and producer R. Kelly's world, the struggle between the wants of the body and the needs of the soul isn't really a struggle at all. It's a slam dunk for the body, for Kelly inhabits a world that rarely extends beyond the confines of the four walls that surround his bed. His two-hour "TP-2.
June 4, 2007 |
WHATEVER view one takes of R. Kelly -- that he is obscene, insane, outlandish, played out, musical kingpin or joker -- one thing is irrefutable: America deserves him. Five years after being indicted on charges of child pornography, dozens of hits into a career spent raunching up R&B, Kelly's enjoying yet another climb up the charts with his eighth solo album, "Double Up."
July 2, 1994 |
Just how did an unknown Detroit teen-ager like R&B singer Aaliyah score such a smash hit with "Back & Forth"--her first ever single? * You could say it's so good it simply rocketed into the Top 5 on merit--but that's not the real story. Aaliyah's "Back & Forth" is a fixture in the pop Top 5 partly because of R. Kelly, one of the hottest artists in the business since his "12 Play" album sold more than 3 million copies. He not only produced and wrote "Back & Forth," but he also does the rapping.