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R. Kelly Talks Black Panties, Lady Gaga, & Classic Songs In CRWN Interview

(AllHipHop News) R&B legend R. Kelly sat down with Elliott Wilson for the sixth edition of the veteran Hip Hop journalist’s CRWN interview series. In part one of the discussion, the “Pied Piper of R&B” speaks on his new album Black Panties, his appreciation for Lady Gaga, overcoming throat surgery, his relationship with his mother, why Public Announcement broke up, his past issues with Gerald Levert while on tour, and how songs like “You Remind Of Me Something,” “Down Low,” “It Seems Like You’re Ready,” and “I Believe I Can Fly” came together.

[ALSO READ: R. Kelly: A Pair of Flying Black Panties Inspired My New Album (VIDEO)]

Kelly shares how he played “I Believe I Can Fly” for The Notorious B.I.G. in a hotel lobby after waking up with the tune in his head. According to Kells, Biggie told him “that’s a hit.”

Kelly also reveals that he did over 360 songs for his latest album. He says he even recorded songs like “Shut Up” right after his throat surgery.

[ALSO READ: R. Kelly’s Working On A Christmas Album & Another 12 Play LP]

Watch R. Kelly’s CRWN interview below.

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13 Responses to “R. Kelly Talks Black Panties, Lady Gaga, & Classic Songs In CRWN Interview”

  1. YaheardSyndicate

    After reading those police reports, I feel as though people should be conscious that a dozen young black women have been raped by this guy. Some attempted suicide, ALiyahs own mom said she was never the same after dealing with this dude. He was picking up girls at a choir class at a high school. All documented. Its cool for people to decide for themselves but its unfair to people like Mike Tyson and Tupac who sat in jail for rapes where all the evidence was circumstantial and they were convicted because of who they were. Not released because of who they were. So you cant sit there and be for the respect of black women, and then d*** ride a rapist the whole time. We used to stick up for black women, now we allow dudes like Chris Brown to beat up the #1 r&b artist in America, and sit there cheesing while interviewing him. What a world we live in.

    • EQ ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      well with this issue i think black women don’t stick up for black women or just women in general,forget the racial tone.and im pretty sure the majority of his fans are still women,right?
      lol its crazy how this guy got away with this sh!t.now if this was young white girls im pretty sure the people in position of authority (who most likely are white) would try their best to end this dudes life..they knew he was a monster but hes not hurting their people so they don’t care…

  2. Edgar Montrose

    I agree with you on many of your points, bar one, that his music is ‘garbage’. That is where the conflict for most people arises. He is a sublime musical talent with a voice that appeals to numerous spectrums of the music buying public. Sadly R.Kelly as a human being is a lacklustre resource.

    I have for years rebuked numerous people who included his music on playlists at parties I attended and even encouraged my son not to find inspiration in ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ and ‘Storm is Over’ due to my disdain for him.

    Yet this summer, I was in a quiet cafe in Johannesburg when I heard the most beautiful piece of music being played. It was a sound so mellifluous, it brought me to tears and awakened that spontaneous overflow of powerful emotions in me that only a handful of touching films and songs have ever managed to do. I was completely oblivious to the artist and had never heard the song before in my life. After composing myself, I asked the manager what song had just played and he told me it was R.Kelly, “When A Woman Loves”.

    That conflict so many must know arose, however 99 pence later I was morally poorer but musically enriched. Thankfully his new album is absolutely atrocious so I can hate the man and his music. However the song I mentioned still headlines my favourite playlist.

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