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When it was released in 1998, R. Kelly’s R. was the Chicago singer/writer/producer’s magnum opus: a sprawling 29-song album that testified to his creativity, productivity, and range. It was the era of the hip-hop double album, and this mammoth release helped confirm that Kelly saw his brand of R&B firmly in the context of rap music. Here, he works with some of the best in the game, from Jay-Z and Nas to Chicago’s own Crucial Conflict. Even when he wasn't specifically making rap songs, Kelly was perhaps the first R&B singer who felt wholly of that world. R. is everything a double album should be, in that it has a little of everything: the outlandish concepts behind “The Opera” and “2nd Kelly,” the darkened pleas of “Don’t Put Me Out” and “Suicide,” and the inspirational balladry of “I’m Your Angel.” That R. features appearances from both Celine Dion and the unhinged Queens emcee Noreaga speaks to the range of Kelly’s reach. While “I Believe I Can Fly” became a universal song in the tradition of Michael Jackson, the album’s shadowy heart resides in the timeless cloaked R&B of “Half on a Baby,” “When a Woman’s Fed Up," and “Down Low Double Life.”

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GREAT ALBUM!!!

This is argubly R. Kelly's BEST ALBUM EVER!!! My favorite tracks here are Get Up on a Room, Half on a Baby, Home Alone, When a Woman's Fed Up, and Did u Ever Think. I really think that this album is part of a group of essential albums that made the 90s what it was!: AWESOME! :D

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Biography

Born: January 8, 1967 in Chicago, IL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter R. Kelly and his supporting band Public Announcement began recording in 1992 at the tail-end of the new jack swing era, yet he was able to keep much of its sound alive while remaining commercially successful. While he created a smooth, professional mixture of hip-hop beats, soulman crooning, and funk, the most distinctive element of Kelly's music is its explicit carnality. He was able to make songs like "Sex Me," "Bump n' Grind," "Your Body's...
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