R Kelly

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R. Kelly (born Robert Sylvester Kelly, 8.1.1967)

R. Kelly is an American R&B performer who rose to fame in the 1990s but whose reputation has been marred by allegations of having sex with a minor, among other charges.

R.Kelly: Childhood

R. Kelly was born in Chicago, Illinois. The third of four children, he was raised in a single-parent household. His mother died of cancer in 1993.

R.Kelly: An Introduction to Music

Encouraged by a music teacher's comments regarding his talent, R. Kelly began playing keyboard at bus stations and street corners. Finally, he formed a band with a friend, Marc McWilliams. The group, MGM, released their debut single, 'Why You Wanna Play With Me?' on Tavdash Records in 1989.

MGM changed their name to Public Announcement and were signed to Jive Records in 1991. Their debut album Born Into the '90s was released in 1992. Billed as R. Kelly & the Public Announcement, the album spawned hits such as 'She's Got That Vibe' and 'Dedicated'. In 1993, Kelly left the group to concentrate on solo work.

R. Kelly: Solo Career

R. Kelly's debut solo album was released in 1993. 12 Play's lead single, 'Bump N' Grind' was Kelly's first number one single.

Kelly started to find working producing a number of upcoming R&B stars, such as Aaliyah and Changing Faces. He remixed Janet Jackson's 'Any Time, Any Place' in 1994 and worked on 'You Are Not Alone' for Michael Jackson. However, it was determined that he had plagiarized the melody for the song from its original 1993 composition, by a long-standing songwriting duo Eddy and Danny Vas Passel.

Kelly's second album R.Kelly continued his popularity, releasing the singles 'You Remind Me of Something' and 'Down Low', which was a duet with The Isley Brothers. The basketball player and star of the film Space Jam, Michael Jordan, asked Kelly to record a song for the film. The result was 'I Believe I Can Fly', one of his most successful releases. The single reached number two in the US and number one in the UK. The following album, R, sold over eight million copies and featured a duet with Celine Dion, entitled 'I'm Your Angel'.

Kelly's next album, released in 2000, was TP-2.com. The album included a collaboration with Jay-Z, 'Fiesta'. Another collaboration between the pair, 'Guilty 'Til Proven Innocent' was released on Jay-Z's Dynasty album. They worked together again on an album and promotional tour entitled The Best of Both Worlds.

The release of Tp-2.com's follow up was beset by problems when many of the tracks were bootlegged. Kelly re-worked the album, originally entitled Loveland and re-named it Chocolate Factory. The album was another commercial success and sold over three million copies.

Kelly's next long-playing release was the two-disc album Happy People / U Saved Me, which hit the stores in 2004. Later that year, Kelly and Jay-Z were reunited and their Unfinished Business album was a number one hit in the US.

Kelly's next solo album, TP-3: Reloaded was released in 2005. The biggest hit from the album was 'Trapped In The Closet', a five-part mini opera that Kelly has stated was inspired by Desperate Housewives. Kelly has since written and recorded over twenty sections of the song, all of which have been released on DVD.

In May 2007, R. Kelly released Double Up, though the album was leaked on the internet over a week before its official release. Double Up included a duet between Kelly and Usher as well as 'Rock Star', which featured Ludacris and Kid Rock.

R. Kelly: Personal Life

It has been reported that R. Kelly entered into a marriage with the R&B star Aaliyah when she was only 15 years old. Both singers have dismissed the rumours.

R. Kelly has three children with Andrea Lee, a dancer. The pair married in 1996 but are said to be arranging a divorce.

In 2002, the Chicago Sun-Times broke a story claiming that they had been sent a tape showing R. Kelly engaging in sexual activity with a 14 year-old girl. Both parties deny being the people shown in the video. In June 2002, R. Kelly was indicted for soliciting a minor for child pornography. The trial is ongoing and no verdict has yet been reached.

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baby elle

Mr Kelly you have an unbelievable talent all your albums rocks except for that whole trapped in the closet saga, dude........what the hell were you thinking anyway yo need to leave them young girls alone children should be protected not molested Be a good example

7 years 8 months ago
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kristar

R.Kelly is a true man of his word.He no the game when it come to making music and I hope he keep up the good work.Robert, no matter what the out come of this little matter just no the little people here in fla,are behide you.there is only two people that really no whats going on in this and you no who it is.Robert no that we in fla are behide you all the way.We love you but god love you best and no that he is with you at all time.

7 years 11 months ago
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HOTMEAT

HEY KELL KELLSJUST WANT TOO SAY I LUV U AND UR MUSIC I LUV EVEYTHING ABOUT U MAYBE ONEDAY I WILL GET TOO MEET UTHAT WOULD BE NICE KEEP PUTIN UR MUSIC DOWN HIT AFTER HIT CUZ ITS DA BOMB UR NEW ALBUM IS NICE MY FAVORITE SONG IS SEX PLANET I PLAY IT EVERYDAY I DANCE REAL NICE WHEN I PLAY THAT I ALSO WANT TO SAY DONT GIVE UP AND I WISH U WELL MAY GOD BLESS U AND YOURS IF U NEED A TRUE TRUE FRIEND TOO TALK TOO IM ALWAYS HERE AT VANANDADALLASMSNCOM STAY STRONG BOO.

6 years 10 months ago
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Luki

The R in R & B .great inspirational muzic from the heart and soul.You are what i say a Ferrari in a Bently powered by Lombhogini.We have finaly seen the tip of the ice burg and you got more to unleash on ourR & B soulBIG UP!!!!!!!!!!! KELLS

6 years 2 months ago
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kristyalsowild

ooo if you wanna know how i feel just like that just like that damn R.Kelly! I LOVE YOU SOO SOOO MUCH!! I AM YOUR #1FAN!!! N THE HOLE WORLD!! I'VE BEEN LISTENIN2 YOUR MUSIC SINCE I WAS 12YRS OLD I HAVE ALL YOUR CD's AND I MEAN EVERY LAST1!!!!! YOUR MUSIC TOUCH MY SOUL!!! YOU R TRUELY THE BEST R&B SINGER N THE WORLD!!!!!!! WITH OUT A DOUBT!! I PREY 4 U EVERY NIGHT IF THE LORD IS4 YOU WHO CAN B AGAINST YOU? KEEP YOUR HEAD UP^ 1 much LOVE&RESPECT KRIS

8 years 9 months ago
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GOD DOESN'T CHALLENGE SOMEONE BEYOND HIS CA,PABILITIES,YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT "KELLS",I'M A REFUGEE MYSELF BUT I'VE PLACED MY GOD AHEAD OF EVERYTHING ELSE.THE STORM WILL BE OVER SOON.FROM YOUR GREATEST FAN-INNOCENT.

6 years 2 months ago
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MILKCHOC

HEY MR.KELI JUST WANT YOU TO KNOW I WILL PRAY FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. I KNOW IT'S HARD FOR YOU, BUT I KNOW THAT YOU WILL WIN AND PUT THE HATERS TO A SHAME MY HEART GO'S OUT TO YOU. I WILL NOT STOP PRAYING UNTIL THE HATERS GIVE UP.REMEMBER I'M ON YOUR SIDE.I"LL BE YOUR GOOD LUCK PIECE.ALL I WANT YOU TO DO IS FLY RIGHT THROUGH THE HATERS AND SMILE.THEY TIME IS RUNING OUT NOT YOURS GOD GOT SO MUCH WORK FOR YOU TO DO TRUST ME ROBERT, HE WILL SHOW YOU SIGNS SOON, THIS IS YOUR GIRL SEXYCHOC SPEAKING, PEOPLE JUST LOVE MY COMPANY BECAUSE I'M A GOOD PERSON.THAT HOW CAPRICORN'S ARE. I WAS BORN ON JANUARY10,19!!.KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND HOLLA AT ME AT (LAKITADALLAS@AOL)THE LADY FROM TEXAS.I WUV WOO BABY SIGNING OFF.

8 years 4 months ago
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justanotherbrother

I hope you get through these problems and stay out of trouble from know on because you have a big responsiblity to your fans. I'm not talk about you being a roll model. I talking about your responsiblity to continue bringing us a good album on a regular bases. Your music style can not be match and we can't afford to miss out on another good thing. It's bad enough that Luther is gone! So straighten up!!!!!!!!!!! Peace Out

7 years 1 month ago
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SUNNY-BOY

You always remind me of Something Special in my life cos each time i looked back i think of my lovely Parent that i lost, Firstly what always comes to my thought is to Listen to your song ( I WISH and to OUR HOMIE WE LOST) Kells, i'm using this opportunity to tell you that i gat REAL LOVE for you and you are my FAVOURITE on this Earth. i believe if there's GOD in Heaven as long as i live in this world you and I we see each other. PLEASE i will be so happy if you can contact me to my personal e-mail address....sunnyboy_henry@yahoo.com

4 years 11 months ago
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cathy

Dear KELLS:I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I enjoy your music and your singing. I think both are awesome. I have listened to you for years and have enjoyed each song. I can't wait for the rest of "trapped in the closet".I don't want to get in your family issues but you have a wife and 3 children. Please from experiences don't make it hard on them. If jealously is the only issue work it out. I have 3 children only mine are grown. It's not good to fight or argue in front of them. They'll remember when they are older as my children have done. Good luck and best wishes for you, wife and most of all your children. cathy

8 years 10 months ago
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