June 15, 2002 |
The voice on the other end of the phone was tiny and wounded, nothing like the supple tenor that made R. Kelly the most popular R&B singer of his generation. He said he was sitting in front of a television watching Mike Tyson's boxing career descend to a bloody, pitiful low, but it was a feeble distraction from his own battles against prosecutors and public opinion.
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.
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 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.
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.
November 3, 2004 |
The Best of Both Worlds was the name of the tour and, on paper at least, the tandem of Jay-Z and R. Kelly did seem world-class: The urban dream team brought together the opulence-loving kingpin of New York rap and the Chicago R&B superstar who for a decade has churned out hit songs of both inspiration and seduction. But it turns out these two worlds make a mess when they collide.
June 14, 2008 |
A Cook County jury Friday acquitted R&B superstar R. Kelly of child pornography charges, ending a high-profile case that began more than six years ago. Jurors said they put little stock in the prosecution's star witness, a woman who claimed she participated in videotaped sex acts with Kelly and a person the government alleged was Kelly's then-underage goddaughter.
July 29, 2005 |
R&B singer R. Kelly, who appeared bruised and battered in a Chicago courtroom this week during his trial on charges that he had sex with an underage girl, was granted extra time to defend himself against the accusations. Kelly appeared in court sporting a bandage just above his right eyebrow, which his lawyer said was the result of a rough basketball game with friends.
January 29, 2004 |
R. Kelly won't be mingling with Michael Jackson during next month's Grammy festivities: A judge has ordered the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on child pornography charges, to stay away from the King of Pop, himself facing child molestation charges, when Kelly attends the awards. The Chicago-based Kelly has produced two songs for Jackson: the 1995 hit "You Are Not Alone" and last fall's "One More Chance." Kelly is nominated for two Grammys at the Feb.