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One of the tracks that R. Kelly graces with his presence on The Demo Tape, R. Kelly's first mixtape, is T-Pain's "Chopped and Screwed," a song about having your day ruined by the failure to pick up a girl. When it comes time for Kelly's drop on the track, his first verse is about the hazards of having your girl stolen away from you -- by him. On his second, Kellz reaches outside of himself to construct a scenario in which someone is "chopped and screwed." It's very laborious, and at the end of the verse Kellz congratulates himself for being able to create so believable a story, because clearly, R. Kelly has no experience with this thing, the ... what do you call it? Ah yes, the rejection.

 

One of the most notable aspects in R. Kelly's career is the man's thematic consistency; he is obsessed with girls, but more specifically, with sex. In meme of yesteryear "Lookin' Azz Nigga," Kelly's contribution to the song is the only verse that deals with lookin' ass girls, because apparently he's not even aware of what other dudes look like. This incessant need to eulogize both women and his own appetites is one of the things that has made R. Kelly such an entertaing artist. But on Untitled, his ninth studio release, it's a little bit tired. Eight of its 15 tracks are dedicated specifically to detailing things that R. Kelly has done, will do, and wants to do -- that's redundant, because to Kellz, "So shall it be said, so shall it be done" -- to any lady lucky enough to cross his path.

 

To be fair, that's not altogether so bad; in fact, it sort of seems like Kelly employed some restraint when listing his bedroom techniques. And if there's an artist who could make a pretty good record out of an erotic catalog, that artist is R. Kelly. However, what that would require, and what Untitled lacks, is focus. In the world in which R. Kelly operates, what's required of a great or even pretty good album is either several singles or a feeling of overwhelming personality from the artist. Most of the time, the two things accompany each other.

 

But there are places on Untitled where Kelly's personality seems particularly absent; these two in particular: "I Love the DJ," which flirts with current dance-radio fodder, and "Be My #2," which leaves the club with unadulterated disco. These two tracks aren't bad -- none of the tracks on Untitled are bad or even boring -- but they're not Kellz. The rest of the material is in line with R. Kelly's artistic personality, but having built his career on being a hyperbolic, excessive representation of himself means that he has to confound and beguile us at every turn by digging deeper into what we have come to know as Kellzian. A Journey to the Center of the Kellz, if you will.

 

This is the man that brought us "Trapped in the Closet," after all. Should he write a song called "Sex in Space," it's completely reasonable to expect him to film the video in space, or at least in some sort of gravity-free room at NASA. He needs to be constantly questing for the final R&B frontier. A good place to start would be Untitled's closing track, "Pregnant," which is about an eight on the Kellz Scale. He just needs to turn that up to 11, then throw it into the Large Hadron Collider when none of the scientists are paying attention. That is the R. Kelly album that fans have a right to expect.

  • Crazy Night feat. Rock City (Produced by R. Kelly & Lil Ronnie)
  • Outta the Game (Produced R. Kelly and Chris Henderson)
  • Exit (Produced by R. Kelly and Jazze Pha)
  • Echo (Produced by R. Kelly and Infinity)
  • Bangin' the Headboard (Produced by R. Kelly and Infinity)
  • Text Me (Produced by R. Kelly and GAZ)
  • Number One feat. Keri Hilson (Produced by R. Kelly and Roy Hamilton)
  • Like I Do (Produced by R. Kelly and Carlos McKinney)
  • Elsewhere (Produced by R. Kelly and Chris Henderson)
  • Fallin’ From the Sky (Produced by R. Kelly and T-Town)
  • Religious (Produced by R. Kelly and Todd Dixon)
  • #1 Fan (Produced by R. Kelly and Carlos McKinney)
  • Be My Number 2 (Produced by R. Kelly and Jack Splash)
  • Supa Man High feat. OJ Da Juiceman (Produced by R. Kelly and Willy Will)

R. Kelly's Untitled was originally going to be called 12 Play: Fourth Quarter. That name was apparently scrapped sometime before R. Kelly walked into an Atlanta club and spoke thus:

"I'm working on a new album and I'm calling that muthafucka Untitled. Y'all call it what y'all want."

It's really impossible to be sure what Kelly's titular indecision means in terms of the content on Untitled; is it possible that Kells' lyrical commitment to being a freak and a flirt has reached such heights that he felt that no title save "untitled" would do his work justice?

 

Kelly has said that we can call his follow up to 2007's Double Up it what we want, so I will call it Quadruple Up, in the hopes that that accurately expresses the level to which R. Kelly has stepped up his art.

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I so love this man,He is so talented and very special it's just osomething about his voice that makes me go crazy.Haters stop hating there can never be another r.kelly he is the best,neyo don't stand a chance in this r&b game.kells 4 life.

kizzy

Can't argue with that. Regardless of the controversy surrounding his personal life, you can't deny that he's the King of R&B.

B

kells been doing what he do forever, i made 4 babies off his records whenever he put it down he put it down nasty.Robert Kelly is a bad man and still remain number 1 what more can i say he's a beast.

number 1 fan

Yeah... I agree... Everyone can judge his personal life, but there´s something that all have to acept, musically, he's the best on RnB sh****!!!!! Like Michael Jackson, there's only one... I´m out!!

Willy

I have been waiting over a year for him to put something new out. I cant wait to hear what he has been working on.
keep up the great work kell, and just let the haters hate.

clark

Dont hate the man for his God given talent, He aint no king of Rnb no more, he is the God. Big up to the big R he gonna run this for life. Not even ten men can break his record. Boss

Bantu Mpela

R.kelly is just about the only person i listen to. why? because he sings about the only thing i want to hear right now. As well, all his albums are one stop shopping. GO KELLZ! GO KELLZ!!!

RnB Thug

I grow up listining to R.father that's what i called him he's just too good, i've always seeing him as my rolemodel musically. I know will be great like him 1 day b4 i'll the World First President.

Tosyn

R. Kelly is the man have you heard this cd? I have an advanced copy and it's hot to death it will debut at #1 on the R&B charts no doubt. Keep up the great work Kellz!

Mike B

I love this man to death!!! Ive been loving R. kelly since day one and will always love him to the day I die!I cant wait to hear his new album that comes out in stores in Greenville South Carolina Oct.13.I just cant wait to see him again!!

Amelia his wifey

i've been listening 2 R Kelly music 4 quite a while now.dam he roks,he is no longer king but a Professor of R&B. i cant wait 2 hear the new album.immediately after been realised i'm gona buy it.

Aaron

Im a big fan of R were is that dude that played Remote control he need more songs like that 1!!!!! that song is the s###@@2
sex planet!!!!!!!! i want the old R back he never worked with outside producers this record dont seem authenic!!!! yall feel me

romane

I am the biggest R.Kelly fan. I have all of his music he is the KING OF R&B. the boi is talented. no body can touch him. he makes water sound good on a track. think about it. who can make a song about sex in the kitchen and it be a hit or number on sex, only kells. just like there will be no one like Michael Jackson. they are in a class of their own.

J'Mal

This is the sexiest mutha***** that has every graced this planet. I don't care what his personal live may involve I would go to the ends of the earth for this man. I can't wait for his new sh** to drop. I've loved him from day one. He can be imated but never duplicated.!!!!!!!

sexy virgo

i love this man there is no one out that can compare,kells is the only cd that i buy cause he keeps it real and i do believe that he is the true pied piper

sharon gannaway

i luv this man i mean he is so wonderful

daisha

i was listening to R when he was making music in the 90's. those are all classics. but since TP2.COM he's kinda fell off to me. R is my dude please don't get me wrong, but i like his old stuff more.

chad

R. Kelly is one of the best RnB singers i have ever hurd and i also got a chance to meet him in person in Fort Wayne Indiana he is a cool down to earth dude i love his music and he is # 1 in my book now dont hate the player hate the game one luv and um out holla back ....

Dj K.C. King

this nigga tight .i made all my kids off this nigga real talk

wayne payton

Some say Kellz fell off since his old albums, but I felt it was still there TRIAL OR NO TRIAL! I do believe his trial may have had an impact of his music, but his talent never left. When he does come back it will be with the vengeance for all the HATERZ out there... I LOVE THIS MAN!!!

Autumn

I love you and ur music. I have been listening to ur music since u had public announcement with u. I meet u years ago on 87th street but im sure u dont remember. Keep doing what u do best. Would love to meet u again. I have my fingers crossed. Love always, One of ur many biggest fans!!!

tasha donel

R.Kelly's Album is going to be crazy!!! DEC. 1 ''Untitled"
Check out his new single ECHO!
http://tinyurl.com/yj7my2x

Amanda

I really like when he does those 'spiritual' songs :) I was suprised that I didn't hear anything from Kelly after Michael Jackson's death. More than anyone, I want this man to do a tribute to Michael. No one else in my book can match what R. Kelly will come up with! I was waiting for this album. I am hoping somewhere in there he hints to the type of person he saw M.J. to be. R. Kelly is deep!

Nikki

R.Kelly is da bomb man when I do make some babys it will be to his music. Hes is da tupac of R&B holla

J-Will

i'm soooooo disappointed in this album Mr. Kellz i waited all this time for this? But i'm still a fan and will continue to support you. But Trey songz is gonna be wearing the crown this year buddy!!! You should've just did a official release of "The Fourth Quarter".

Tommy

I agree that the original Fourth Quarter album was the bomb but it just leaked out so bad he had to change it up. But I don't care what nobody says, this album may not be his best but he got some serious bangers on the album. The second song called "Exit" is off the chain. "Like I Do", "Text Me", "Echo", "Elsewhere", and so on. This album is hot if you really have a true R&B ear. With this album he put a couple of joints on it for the younger crowd and some joints you can bang in the club, make babies to, and ride to. It's really showing his versatility and I think we about to hear and see a lot more from the King of R&B. I think he will being dropping another album shortly.

Campbell

Oh naw R. Kelly is byfar the Man.. but he doessss have a certain person that can give him a run for his money.. but its kinda like comparing lebron to mike.. in time mayb lebron can b the nxt big name like mike but until then mike holds the title.. same for r. kelly.. but I do have to give my shout out to my man Trey Songz.. from his mixtapes to his Albums he clearly has show true talent!! In my opinnion he has the potential to be the next R. Kelly! neyo.. ginuwine.. tyrese.. j. holiday..tank..joe they all nice with it buttt I got my money on trey.. Im an R&B junkie.. and I appreciate all artist! Keep up the good work Kelzzzzzzz

Q

This nigga piss on bitches like no one else! He's the king gloden showers! That's why all these dumb bitches love him.... they just want a nigga pepe lol! Stupid bitch lmao!

gLODEN bOY

R KELLY I LUV U SO!!!1 HE IS A BAD MAN , HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN SAY ITS NOT THEM IN A VIDEO,KNOWING IT IS HAVING SEX WITH A LIL GIRL AND GET OFF. HE IS WONDERFUL

SHANELL

I would have imagined Kells chose Untitled as the name of his new album because he's made a "title" for himself and thus far, no one could ever "un-title" him.

Sam (Nairobi)

Sam Njuwe

Wat else can i say, u said it all people. He was rite, "There can only be one Kelly". Nigga yo personal live gives me nothing, but yo talented voice put me high man. keep it rolling

Mapholisa

R Kelly is fundamentally one of the most talentest phenomenoms in the last 15 years in the r & b world hands down.....keep making CLASSICS for the world to feast on my N$@#a....

khalid

Robert thanx to your mama. we get to here the greatest of all time. kelly you r the best @what you do, wether its rnb music or personal. we hail you the king of all kings. we love you nigga

portorico

I have to agree w/all of you...I love me some R.Kelly....anytime..!!No matter whats gone on with him..we can't deny..He is the Best in R&B... Regardless...!!!! Nothing else to say

RaRu

He is easily my favourite artist of all time, talented beyond compare. The man sings and produces with such soul and passion, it makes me wanna hit it till the morning! If all the music he has made which featured on the charts was documented, it would be some kind of record for sure...

GRANT

hot hot hot music, looove this album

eli

Absolutely awesome!Killa-killa compilation...
He is definitely da Mannn!! The R in RnB he is.

Gee Louw

R. KELLY I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU SINCE YOUR FIRST ALBUM BACK IN 1990. I DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT YOU CAUSE I FEEL A TRUE FAN DON'T BELEIVE ALL THAT STUFF THEY HEAR, AND FURTHER MORE NOBODY'S PERFECT. BUT JUST KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING BROTHA AND EVERYTHING WILL BE ALL RIGHT I'M A FAN FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!

christal

all i gotta say is DAMN!!!!!!!

ALL HAIL *KING KELS*

Brian Jermaine

Amen, ALL HAIL *KING KELS*
great album from the king of r&b

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this album is dope!!!! Kells came back strong with this one, killing the vocals

princevocals

Robert Robert. I have love this man since R.Kelly&ThePublic Announcements!I love the album Untitled and cannot wait till R.Kelly goes on tour for this album.I absolutely enjoyed Ladies make some noise tour it was phenomenal!R.Kelly for life!

Valerie R. Jones

ALL I CAN SAY IS THAT R KELLY HAS DONE IT AGAIN. I WILL SAY THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST ALBUM YET BY R KELLY. FIRE, FIRE, FIRE, FIRE......

Neicee

R.KELLY ALBUM IS GOOD
12PLAY 4th QUARTER IS KNOW IN STORE
IS KNOW AVAILABLE AT F.Y.E STORE WHY!

GARY SIMPSON

The R in R&B is back, love it, whole album is fantastic

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His music is legendary, nothing but classics, R. Kelly

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LOVEEEE him. absolutely the best ever!

Jessie

I am a chi-town resident.
Kellz has been putting down all the time.
I have the second version and the first version released all the tracks display that r kelly can still bring that crack and still compete with the younger R & B guys.

cece

R.Kelly has done it again. Nothing can stop him from making hit after hit after hit!!! I love this album.

Mish

I was never a fan of you Mr. R Kelly, but this album has changed my perspective. You are definately an innovator. With that said keep the beats coming.

Amber

hey R.Kelly is like a good to me whenever i am upset i just listen to his songs and it help understand myself and all my anger just goes away from in me. this guy iis the best guy i the hole wide world.

bezza

r,kelly has always been my favourite and he still is my favourite artist. he came to south africa and i heard that his perfomances were extraordinary. i was very sad bcoz i was unable to go and watch him. long live r,kelly. from your biggest fan lawrence from south africa

lawrence

Soy de cuba pero es que la musica Negra Americana es que me encanta pero principalmente la de R.Kelly desde que empeso en en los año 90 con Public aunnocement cantando en la iglesia y como poco a poco fue subiendo y demostrando su talento ya que en el año 92 desidio tomar su carrera x si solo es que no a caido ningun año y su musica sigue gustando y lo seguira asiendo sin duda es el mejor del R&B y alla los invidiossos que solo saben criticar y mesclar su vida personal con la artistica.x favor estamos hablando del tipo que mas discos saca en un año es una maquina.que siga asi y seguiremos siendo felices aquellos que escuchamos tu buena musica.

Giovanni

R.KELLY IS A VERY TALENTED&GIFTED ARTIST. I LISTEN TO EVERY ALBUM THAT HE HAS MADE.

230Nichole

I LUBB HIS NEW SONG EXIT..R KELLY IS JUST SO TALENTED..HE MAKE YU WANNA MOVE BUT LUVIN HIS NEW ALBUM....LIKE CRAZY BUT I BE DA LADDII CHINA MA A.K.A ANGIE

CHINA MA

Hey Kells,we are waiting for ur Second DVD Live on Stage to hit the Stores, and i know its gonna be Hot than ever,and i want u to know that we Love u SO MUCH here in South Africa and hope u make a second turn to cover Johannesburg Central Live Concert becouse thats where the African Soul is Waiting to whatch your Magical Performance....Peace....Love u Man.

Michael Moshoane

I am and have always been a die hard R.Kelly fan. Untitled speaks of his versatility and creativity. I love it!

gina

untitled is the best album more especialy echo!! since he started singing i never doubted him, his my favourite artist around the world, no one else bt my guy!!!!!!

bethuel

Ilove r.kelly he is the best RnB artist I have ever heard in a long time I love him and his music. He make all the panties drop when his music come on.

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