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Biography

Robert Sylvester Kelly, best known by the name R. Kelly, was born on January 8, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. From early childhood his passions were basketball and music, which he loved more. Studying at the Kenwood Academy High School he won a young talents show, singing Stevie Wonder’s Ribbon In The Sky, following which he decided to commit himself to music. In 1990 Robert took his electronic keyboard and went in the city streets to sing and earn money. Soon he was noticed by a musical producer Wayne Williams, the owner of Jive Records label, and by the end of the year a contract with the young artist was signed. Kelly arranged a band called Public Announcement and in 1991 they released their debut work Born into the 90’s. Some of the album’s songs became hits – She's Got That Vibe, Honey Love, Dedicated, and Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ), and all of them were performed by Robert Kelly. Thinking that solo career would bring him more success, he left the band and in 1993 released his solo album 12 Play. The disc included such hits as Sex Me and Your Body’s Calling, as well as the single Bump & Grind registering at No. 1 on U.S. R&B charts for twelve record-setting weeks. Afterwards the album became multi-platinum with more than five million sold copies and brought the artist the all-time fame.

In the following year Kelly decided to broaden his activities and began to work as a producer for young acts and artists, such as Aaliyah, then unknown 15-year old girl from Detroit. Her debut album was released several month before the marriage of the two artists came to light. But Kelly’s family life was not too long – due to the non-age of Aaliyah the marriage was cancelled in 1995, and Robert came back to his studio to record his second solo album called R. Kelly. The result was incredibly successful – more than four million sold copies, tops of hip-hop and R&B charts, three multi-platinum singles You Remind Me Of Something, Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) and I Can’t Sleep Baby (If I). Many have admitted that the lyrics were more mature in comparison with the first solo experience and the critics still consider this disc the best work of Kelly in all his career. In 1998 a double album called R. was recorded, becoming the best-selling work of the artist to the present day. To the moment of its release R. Kelly became not only a famous artist and producer, but also an acclaimed songwriter for such stars as Mary J. Blige, Michael and Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Toni Braxton and many others.

The following two works, TP-2.com (2000) and Chocolate Factory (2003), proved once again that Kelly and multi-million number of copies are inseparable notions. The albums included such hits as Ignition, Snake and Step In The Name Of Love (Chocolate Factory) and the Fiesta remix (Tp-2.com), performed together with Jay-Z. It was the success of that single that led to collaboration of the two artists and creation of a joint album called The Best Of Both Worlds. Soon afterwards Kelly released a double CD Happy People/U Saved Me, the first part of which was represented by easy dance soul tunes (Happy People), and the second one was focused on gospel (U Saved Me). The following step was TP.3 Reloaded (2005), which included the first five parts of the Trapped In The Closet saga – odd, bold, daring experiment, which can be described as “a collision of R&B-aria and soap opera”. Many stars took part in recording of the ninth studio album called Double Up (2007), such as T.I., T-Pain, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris, Nelly, Usher and Kid Rock. The disc became platinum and reached #1 of U.S. Billboard 200, U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and European Album Chart. In 2009 the world saw the release of Untitled, the atmosphere of which hasn’t changed at all – still the same candle light and silk bed sheets, sex in the morning, sex around the clock. And despite the fact that R. Kelly has spent his whole career creating bedroom music with sexually-oriented lyrics, it seems that he isn’t bored with the topic. And we have to give him credit for that – in this field he is the best! Pretty soon the artist’s fans got a wonderful present: R. Kelly’s two strong compilation albums were released in a row in 2010. The records Playlist: The Very Best Of R. Kelly and Epic became great additions to the musician’s discography, which is quite logical and clear. Traditional atmosphere, emotional vocals and excellent choice of songs – these are all necessary ingredients to create an amazing album.

Studio Albums

R. Kelly, Black Panties mp3Black Panties
2013
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Pop Soul
R. Kelly, Write Me Back mp3Write Me Back
For the second time in a row, R. Kelly turns to classic soul. On Write Me Back, the artist makes most out of his vocals to adjust smoothly to the music of the past
2012
  • Contemporary R&B
R. Kelly, Love Letter mp3Love Letter
On R. Kelly's new album Love Letter seduction and sex finally give way to a true love, at least partially. The fifteen tracks comprising Love Letter sound like classic love songs from the last century
2010
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Pop Soul
  • Soul
R. Kelly, Untitled mp3Untitled
The US R&B artist R. Kelly finished the tenth studio disc Untitled. This first-rate record has all the chances to become at least platinum and win back to the artist his fame he lost after a series of lawsuits
2009
  • Contemporary R&B
  • Disco
  • Pop Rap
R. Kelly, Double Up mp3Double Up
After a pretty successful disc TP.3 Reloaded R. Kelly returns with his new potentially platinum album Double Up on which he delivers another portion of signature R&B laced with hip-hop groove, sexual content and club heat atmosphere
2007
    R. Kelly, TP.3 Reloaded mp3TP.3 Reloaded
    TP.3 Reloaded is one of those albums where every song sounds like a radio single. R. Kelly cruises through genres like he's giving a guided tour, hitting crunk, dancehall, hip-hop, reggaeton
    2005
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, Trapped in the Closet mp3Trapped in the Closet
    2005
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, Chocolate Factory mp3Chocolate Factory
    2003
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, TP-2.com mp3TP-2.com
    2000
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, R. mp3R.
    1998
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Neo-Soul
    R. Kelly, R. Kelly mp3R. Kelly
    1995
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, 12 Play mp312 Play
    1993
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Hip Hop
    • New Jack Swing

    Singles

    R. Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly mp3I Believe I Can Fly
    1996
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Neo-Soul

    Compilation albums

    R. Kelly, Epic mp3Epic
    2010
    • Contemporary R&B
    R. Kelly, The R. in R&B: Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1 mp3The R. in R&B: Greatest Hits Collection, Volume 1
    2003
    • Contemporary R&B
    • Dance-Pop
    • Neo-Soul