Friday, December 20, 2013

R. Kelly's Rough Week

It was all good just a week ago...

Robert Kelly, the self-proclaimed "King of R&B" had been on a comeback of sort with the anticipation of his twelfth solo album 'Black Panties' to be released December 10th.  After his last couple  of albums being a foray into adult contemporary, Kellz was taking it back to his bread and butter: sexual charged ballads where all inhibitions and innuendos go out the window.

R. Kelly delivered.  If you take the album for what it is, its entertaining.  Musically on point but he was met with mixed reviews.  While not disputing its execution, the gripes have been about the content.  Singing at the top of his lungs about copulating with the lights on and how he wants to marry his lady's nether regions had many say "R. Kelly needs to be stopped."  Personally, I like his album.  But that's because I think it's over the top content is hilarious (I was both tickled and disturbed by Poet-Lauriate Juicy-J saying "We hella deep in this club/ Got mo' n****s than a cotton field).  Take it for face value, but I don't think that's what R was going for.

December 10th came.  Kelly took to Twitter to interact with his fans.  That's when things began to go south.  What he thought would be a fun q&a aptly called #AskRKelly grew legs and took on a life of its own.  Instead of it being questions like "How do you come up with your ideas for your music," he was met with questions, double-entedres, and jokes about his past with underage girls.  Pure.  Comedic.  Gold.  If one Googled R. Kelly for the next day or two and seeing articles about reviews of 'Black Panties,' one would find an abundance of articles giving the greatest hits of #AskRKelly gone awry.

Three days after this PR disaster, Beyonce releases her new album out of the clear blue sky and no one talked about 'Black Panties' or R. Kelly since.

Until yesterday.  The Villiage Voice released an article called "Read the "Stomach-Churning" Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full".  All steam on this recent project has just about gone out the window.  The article gives a long history of Kelly's past with underage girls with everything from his marriage to fifteen year old Aaliyah to paying for an abortion.  The article's title hit the nail on the head.  And once again, Twitter has erupted.  Some being supportive, some asking how much would people care if he had that jam out, and many saying they'll never support him again.  It'd take a spinster maven to clean all of this mess up. 

And for his piece de resistance: R. Kelly will be releasing a love making Christmas album next year titled 'The 12 Nights of Christmas.'

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