Let me be clear, I am a fan of R. Kelly’s music especially his pre – Double Up albums and his latest two, which had a 70’s groove to them. But just like a scorpion stinging someone that may have nursed it from the brink of death, R. Kelly is showing his true nature, while being back on his sexual shit.
But this time around, after glancing at the song titles on his latest album Black Panties Kelly is more of a deviant than just plain sexual. I’m not sure if I’m looking at the production credits of a Kapri Stylez or a Jada Fire flick – don’t judge me. With songs like Marry the P^ssy, Tear It Up and Show Ya P*ssy you would think they were lines from a porn flick.
I can’t speak for the few R. Kelly fans that stuck it out with him during his trial (I saw the tape, it was him) but musically I was rooting for him and even wished that he would get back on his 12 play shit, minus the Trapped In the Closet’s. Even though some people either have a hard time or just refuse to separate the man from the music, this was never a problem for me.
As selfish as it sounds, I cared more for his music than him personally, while secretly envious of his marriage to Aaliyah. While the word genius is thrown around a lot these days, I likened Kelly a throwback to some of (real) RnB’s greatest. For me Kelly was my generation’s Teddy Pendergrass, able to walk the fine line of spiritual and sexual like Marvin Gaye, with the story telling ability of Bobby Womack.
So it wasn’t much of a stretch for me to consider him a genius once upon a time, hell even Michael Jackson tapped him to write “You are not alone”, which also speaks to his genius.
But like I said some people cannot/refuse to look past his made for TV sexual history, and that’s ok. Basically either you love him, hate him or hate him while secretly loving his earlier music.
Since I live in a glass house, I don’t throw stones. So my reservation’s regarding Kelly is his insistence on acting like the dirty old man in the club, while making music for 20 year old’s that like to turn up. While there is nothing wrong with turning up, Kelly is 46 years old and acting like an inmate fresh out of jail, trying to hump everything in sight.
What happened to the man that made “Seems Like Your Body is Ready”, Down Low, Fiesta and Stepping In The Name of Love and? Songs that evoked a wide range of emotions, from sexual to happiness. All we have now is a shell of his former self making songs that evoke straight f#cking.
As a fan I am left scratching my head trying to figure out when did R. Kelly devolve? Instead of riding with him, like I did in the past, I now wonder if I can support someone who seems hell bent on acting like someone he would probably warn his own daughter’s against.
Due to his musical genius R. Kelly can make albums like Love Letter, Write me Back and then turn around and make a Black Panties, which perplexes me. I just wish he would stick to one script or the other, that way I’ll know if I need to continue riding the train or get off. I wonder if I’ve seen the last of one of my favorite RnB artists of all the time.
What do you think? Is the old R. Kelly gone forever? Do you even care?
Talk to me, I’ll talk back.