R. Kelly says his new album, 'Black Panties,' gets back to his nasty ways: Are you going to miss his sweeter side?

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Last winter R&B icon R. Kelly dropped Love Letter, his most tasteful album in years. The ‘60s soul-inspired set was more about affection and courtship than threesomes and other R-rated exploits, which was the lane Kells had been cruising in for a while.

But yesterday on 107.5 WGCI’s The Morning Riot, Kelly announced that he’s headed back to Nastyville on his forthcoming album, brilliantly titled Black Panties.

“I just did the whole Love Letter joint and everybody’s thinking, ‘ That’s the direction he’s going now,’” Kelly said on his Chicago hometown station. “No! That was a moment in time, just like ‘Ignition’ and ‘Bump N’ Grind.’ Now this Black Panties is the new 12 Play.”

Of course he’s referring to his classic album, one that’s warmed up many fans’ nights since it came out in November 1993. Kelly even confessed that he has three kids of his own thanks to it. Whoa.

Kelly promises that the first single from Panties, “10 Minutes,” is coming soon. Though he didn’t reveal any details about it, I imagine that what we’ll be hearing will be fit to soundtrack various bedroom romps.

But considering the success he had with Love Letter, is leaning on raunchiness the way to go?  Its first single, “When a Woman Loves,” scored him major points in the R&B adult-contemporary world. And let’s not forget that Kells is a grown man. He’s 44. I’m not sure I want to hear about him doing things that artists nearly half his age (hello, Trey) do.

What do you think? Looking forward to Kelly getting back to his explicit ways? Or should he “grow up,” so to speak?

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  • asher

    I honestly just don’t care anymore. I am not going to say he is not relevant, though, because he helped shape the sound of modern R&B, for better and worse.

    • james

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  • ERNIE

    Get lost and take Kanye & Chris Brown with you!

  • PN

    You know what? I liked his last album and his homage to classic soul sounds especially When a Woman Loves. But I definitely want to hear him get back to those 1:44 in the morning sexy and explicit bedroom R&B ballads that made him famous in the ’90s and 2000s for this next album! It’s his schtick! It’s his trademark style as an R&B singer, maybe a naugthier take of what the Isley Brothers and Barry White were doing in their bedroom hits of the ’70s. I think what’s different today from 1993’s 12 Play is he can do those songs in his adult persona, yet he’s that good at it. But love is what stays up front in those songs and the feeling is real.

    • ?

      what

  • Mark

    I wanna hear the next single, “Pee on You,” a love song for the teenage girls out there.

    • greg

      This piece of crap should be rotting in jail right now with all the anguish he’s caused. Ain’t nuttin’ but a pedophile…

      • 2lc

        Who is feeling “anguish”?

  • De’Aire

    Yall some haters did yall forget he was aquited duh but yall know wat this is he the best RnB singer of all time lyrics beats all that stop hateing!!!!!!

    • Phil

      People get acquitted when there’s not a shadow of a doubt to convict. Its a shame cause as a teen, I LOVED “12 Play” but now I go back & hear some of those songs, like “Seems Like You’re Ready” and can’t help but wonder what horrifying actions he did to a young girl that inspired writing that song! I was 15 when it dropped and turned 16 by the time he had secretly married Aaliyah, there’s no question about it, he was married to her, and I have no doubt he messed around with another underage girl. I’m interested in hearing “Black Panties” only because I admit, on some level I do like dirty sounding R&B records sometimes, but that doesn’t excuse his behavior in any way. And here’s hoping “10 Minutes’ Isn’t 10 minutes long…cause ya know he’d be that kinky.

      • tina

        I was with you until you went from basically he’s a pedophile to yeah can’t wait to hear his nasty, sex addict stuff.

      • Da Truth

        You know what I’m sick of hearing the same people like Phil talking nonsense everytime someone is making moves. Hell if all you can say Phil is backwards comments like that then I’m sure your CPU is full of crap worse that what Kelly was acquitted for hell I’m more than sure you got a ton of skeletons in your closet. Even worse is the fact that if you don’t like him or his music why the hell are you reading and commenting on him you drab a$$ loser. Get a life and stop trying ot be the next professional hater. To my knowledge being a hater dosen’t pay to well now a days. Dummy!!

    • “MIDGET”

      to all yall haters out thur stop haten on tha man he iz and alwayz will b tha best r and b thug so if u dnt like his music dnt listen to it im sure he dnt gve a care if u buy his new album or not he still gne continue to mke music.just gve tha man his props.

  • Allie

    Yeah wish he’d do more classic albums. Like that stuff

  • tonig

    I refuse to support a grown man with a fondness for underage girls. Pedophile!

  • True Blue

    “Black Panties”? No, thank you.

  • steve

    love letter was a success? yeah right.

  • RealR&B

    Dang!!! He’s going back to his old ways….. I hope This Album wont be as bad as Double Up….. But really “Black Panties” uhhhh I just don’t know

  • Darrell

    I have loved all of his music except for that album he did with Public Announcement. I’m a fan of his music and like him or not folk, he’s a classic artist. He reinvents what he does and makes you llisten outside of your box. He’s taken you on the gospel tip, he’s hit you with the feel of the 60s on his past album and on Chocolate Factory. He’s taken you into the closet and brought you back out, he’s even attempted to harness his blend of r&b with hip hop, with his albums with JayZ and his Double Up Album. Me as a fan, I’m looking forward to the new album, I hope this brother continues to make classic albums. As far as his personal life is concerned, I don’t judge, I don’t know him personally and I’m not in the arena of coming to conclusions based on what the media puts out. I just hate seeing comments that have judged anyone and that person already has their minds made up regardless of the outcome, unfortunately that’s what this social media outbreak has created. R Kelly is one of the finest muscians to bestow his musical gifts upon us, I just hope he continues to push the envelope.

    • gato

      U are a MESS

    • REALTALK

      come check out 12-play . net

    • pooh

      So love this post

  • Phlegm

    What a scuzbag, he can keep this crud to himself.

    • pooh

      You must have a squeaky clean back ground

  • REALTALK

    looking forward to the new album

  • badgyrl

    And the haters are out in droves lol. I used to be bothered by the hate, but now I’m cool with it. I once heard somebod say if you don’t have haters you not doing something right. If you only got 10 haters, you need to get 100 more. Kellz must be doing something right lol. Yall keep hatin. Kellz, keep making your haters your motivators.

    • NonEntity

      The hate should go towards the musically unintellectual whose money encourages this kind of garbage to grow and block out more creative musicians not making music for corporate boards. Thanks for being a part of the musical rot that is setting in!

  • theresa

    your da man newzealand maori people loves you like i do lol

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