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R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’


R. Kelly • The Buffet • RCA • Release Date: 12.11.15 R. Kelly has never had a problem with being prolific – apparently, he wrote 462 songs for his latest album, The Buffet. After listening to The Buffet, one has to wonder what percentage of those 462 songs involved sex. Likely the percentage is high given the prevalence of sex throughout the course of The Buffet. … Continue reading R. Kelly Is Up To His Old Tricks on ‘The Buffet’

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12 Songs Where R. Kelly Took Innuendo Too Far  


Kelly isn’t the king of R&B – he’s the king of freak. Is there another R&B artists that comes to mind that can match the freakiness of R. Kelly toe to toe? The answer is no. Kelly has got explicitness locked up, no questions. Sex should be his middle name. If you need the reasoning for such confirmed, well, just consult this list of 12 … Continue reading 12 Songs Where R. Kelly Took Innuendo Too Far  

The Frozen Soundtrack Remains Atop the Albums Chart


Beyoncé tried to reclaim the glory of being number one – something that she did for three consecutive weeks, but Disney’s popular Frozen film has also taken the music world a storm remaining atop the Billboard 200.  The numbers are ugly, but a number one album is a number one album right? Well, sort of… Frozen sold only 86,000 copies.  86,000 copies for the top-selling … Continue reading The Frozen Soundtrack Remains Atop the Albums Chart

Opinion: I Love R. Kelly, But… ‘Black Panties’ Oversteps


  R. Kelly is one of the most interesting cats in the R&B game; few would deny this.  Personally, he’s always been one of my favorite R&B artists – don’t judge me!   Throughout an illustrious career, Kelly has teetered and tottered between risqué bedroom music and more balanced, sometimes conservative, soulful affairs.  Spend the time examining Kelly’s rich and varied discography, and the evidence of … Continue reading Opinion: I Love R. Kelly, But… ‘Black Panties’ Oversteps

Review: R. Kelly, ‘Black Panties’


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R. Kelly sounds exceptionally vocally on Black Panties, goes overboard sensually  R. Kelly • Black Panties • RCA • US Release Date: December 10, 2013 R. Kelly has a compelling argument for the title of the “King of R&B”, easily.  For years and years, the sensually driven R&B singer has captivated audiences with his R- (and sometimes X-) rated… Continue reading Review: R. Kelly, ‘Black Panties’

Review: R. Kelly, ‘Black Panties’


R. Kelly sounds exceptionally vocally on Black Panties, goes overboard sensually  R. Kelly • Black Panties • RCA • US Release Date: December 10, 2013 R. Kelly has a compelling argument for the title of the “King of R&B”, easily.  For years and years, the sensually driven R&B singer has captivated audiences with his R- (and sometimes X-) rated brand of contemporary soul, ultimately epitomizing … Continue reading Review: R. Kelly, ‘Black Panties’

Ranking R. Kelly’s Albums Since the New Millennium


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51l9Oz9KgnLOn December 10th, R. Kelly will release what seems to be the return of ‘nasty’ R. Kelly with album Black Panties. Kelly is easily among R&B’s most preeminent artists.  Sure, his sales have falling off much like his contemporaries, but no one can deny the salacious singer/songwriter has a long and illustrious career.  This particular post won’t discuss Kelly’s earlier successes with tracks like “Bump and Grind” or his Grammy-winning track “I Believe I Can Fly”, but will instead focus on his post- new millennial success.   The early part of the millennium was kind to R. Kelly, much like it was to a number of neo-soul artists.  But as Nelly Furtado asks on her 2005 album Loose, “why do all good things come to an end?” 

Tie – 10th 

The Best of Both Worlds  & Unfinished Business (with Jay-Z)

51iNdLzQjAL._SL500_AA280_I was only actually privy to Unfinished Business (2004), which managed to debut at no. 1 on the Billboard Albums chart (215,000 copies) – don’t ask me how.  That said, I didn’t hear too many good things about R. Kelly and Jay-Z’s previous collaborative effort The Best of Both Worlds (2002), which landed at no. 2 with 223,000 copies sold itself.   I’ll only speak for Unfinished Business to be fair, but I’ll just tell you I thought it was an undercooked affair.  Sure there were some bearable moments – emphasis on ‘some’ – but ultimately, the album just felt second-rate for both musicians with such shimmering careers.  Balling these two were not…SMH.

Verdict: ★★

8th

TP.3 Reloaded

61ZPNN43a9LDon’t let the inclusion of “Trapped in the Closet” fool you folks – TP.3 Reloaded (2005) found R. Kelly doing what he does best pretty mediocrely.  Yeah, I was one of the 491,000 who purchased it when it came out, but looking back, its just not my favorite album by R. “In The Kitchen” adds a freaky bright spot, as do risqué sex-inciters like “Remote Control” or “Put My T-Shirt On”, but otherwise, Kells is a lil’ too freaky for his own good.  I mean for a man who seems to be able to make some incredibly outlandish references to S-E-X, TP.3 Reloaded just was so-so.

Verdict: ★★½ 

7th 

Write Me Back 

31ZLlW6JICLYou could lump Kelly’s Love Letter and Write Me Back albums as one in many respects.  Both are Kelly back in conservative, neo-soul mode as opposed to cutting edge, “let’s get down” mode.  Write Me Back isn’t a bad album, but it is pretty conservative.  There’s nothing wrong with singles like “Share My Love” or “Feelin’ Single” save for the fact they sound incredibly similar to Kells a la Chocolate Factory (that was 2003).  “Clipped Wings” is a nice moment, though Write Me Back could’ve used a few more like that to truly make it a signature R. Kelly showing.

Verdict: ★★★ 

6th 

Love Letter 

41mz6JK6oULLike the fine Write Me Back, my main issue lies with the conservative nature of Love Letter.  It’s not bad, but it may fall a shade short of Kelly’s more balanced albums, specifically Chocolate Factory, which manages to balance the freak and the soul.  “When A Woman Loves” is a nice addition to Kelly’s collection, though he milks it for every bit it’s worth.  “Love Letter” is smooth as silk while “Radio Message” appeals as well.  Still, I believe I speak for many R. Kelly fans in saying we remember his bedroom work more than his more refined, less risqué offerings.

Verdict: ★★★½

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