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“Blurred Lines” did a lot of good for Robin Thicke. It made him a household name (and hashtag!), gave him his first #1 single, and basically secured his place in the fabric of pop culture for the rest of his life. But the song, its salacious video, and all the attendant success and controversy –… More »

“Don’t chase the money,” Aloe Blacc intones, in a Sam Cooke croon over a Stevie Wonder romp, about halfway through his new album Lift Your Spirit. “You can’t chase the money,” he pleads. What exactly has Blacc been doing these past few years, then? This is a guy who broke through to TV sync ubiquity… More »

Although his nearly singleminded fixation on sex has been a constant plumb line, R. Kelly’s catalog is remarkably diverse. Stylistically, over the course of a 20-year solo career he’s evolved with the times from New Jack Swing all the way to the Auto-Tune era and beyond, to the point that his latest album features a… More »

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Houston’s Free Press Summer Fest Draws Protests For Booking R. Kelly

Two years ago, R. Kelly headlined Chicago's Pitchfork Music Festival, over the objections of Chicago music journalist and vocal Kelly foe Jim DeRogatis. The show…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2015 - 12:52 pm

Rick Ross – “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch)” (Feat. R. Kelly) Video

Rick Ross' Hood Billionaire comes out next month, and it's his second album of the year following Mastermind, which came out back in March. A…
James Rettig | October 26, 2014 - 5:58 pm

Rick Ross – “Keep Doin’ That” (Feat. R. Kelly)

Around this time last year, the entire music world backed away slowly from R. Kelly after his old sex-crimes accusations reentered the conversation. He was…
Tom Breihan | October 3, 2014 - 10:48 am

Kurt Cobain’s People Should’ve Been More Permissive Of His Heroin Addiction, Says Coolio

Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage" came out in 1994, so Spin decided to include the 51-year-old rapper in their ongoing '94 celebration. Specifically, they played him a…
Chris DeVille | October 1, 2014 - 11:12 am

R. Kelly Was Chance The Rapper’s Surprise Guest At Lollapalooza

It's becoming more of an issue to include R. Kelly on your festival lineup because of his past sexual abuse charges -- just last week,…
James Rettig | August 4, 2014 - 8:57 am

Fashion Meets Music Festival Drops R. Kelly

Columbus, Ohio’s Fashion Meet Music Festival, which is scheduled to take over venues around our own Chris DeVille’s hometown on Labor Day weekend, already had…
Tom Breihan | July 29, 2014 - 9:34 am

Saintseneca Withdraw From Fest Headlined By R. Kelly, Plan Alternative Concert To Benefit Sexual Assault Victims

Here in Columbus, people are always trying (and failing) to put together a major music festival. The latest attempt is the self-explanatory Fashion Meets Music
Chris DeVille | July 23, 2014 - 10:36 am

Check Out Terry Richardson’s “Do What U Want” Video Lady Gaga Wisely Scrapped

Earlier this week, New York Magazine published a cover story titled "Is Terry Richardson an Artist or a Predator?" That question has followed Richardson for…
Michael Nelson | June 19, 2014 - 12:51 pm

R. Kelly – “Cookie Video”

We just anointed R. Kelly's Black Panties as Album Of The Week, and one of the best reasons to check it out is "Cookie," an…
Chris DeVille | December 10, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Watch R. Kelly Pay Tribute To Nelson Mandela And Improvise Some Songs On Arsenio

R. Kelly's 2003 single "Soldier's Heart" was originally dedicated to the actual soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when he visited South Africa for the…
Tom Breihan | December 6, 2013 - 11:07 am

Watch R. Kelly Play A Woman Like A Violin, Get Covered By Benedict Cumberbatch On Kimmel

Anything R. Kelly does anything on a stage, you owe it to yourself to watch. Kelly's new album Black Panties comes out on Tuesday, and…
Tom Breihan | December 5, 2013 - 1:33 pm

IFC & R. Kelly Reunite For More “Trapped In The Closet” Chapters

One of this century’s great absurd pop-culture moments happened in 2005, when R. Kelly sat down with IFC TV host (and my college buddy) Matt…
Tom Breihan | December 4, 2013 - 10:33 am

Stream R. Kelly Black Panties

2013 was the year R. Kelly broke through to the music-festival circuit and celebrated the 20th anniversary of his landmark debut 12 Play, so it…
Tom Breihan | December 2, 2013 - 9:46 am

Watch SNL’s Kim & Kanye Talk Show, The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time, And Lady Gaga & R. Kelly Performance

Tonight's Saturday Night Live gave us Waking Up With Kimye, a talk show in which Jay Pharaoh and Nasim Pedrad reprised their familiar impressions of…
Scott Lapatine | November 17, 2013 - 1:19 am

Deconstructing: Big Sean, 2 Chainz, And The Racial Politics Of Punchline Rap

Big Sean is one of hip-hop's worst misnomers, and not just because the guy is only five-foot-eight. Everything about the Detroit rapper screams "twerp." In…
Chris DeVille | September 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool Remix Feat. R. Kelly”

Well that was quick. We just got teased on the R. Kelly remix of Phoenix's "Trying To Be Cool," and now, the song. Kelly adds…
Michael Nelson | August 14, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Phoenix Tease “Trying To Be Cool (R. Kelly Remix)”

In April, Coachella headliners Phoenix were joined onstage by a surprise guest: Pitchfork Festival headliner R. Kelly. The two parties collab'ed on a pair of…
Michael Nelson | August 14, 2013 - 11:46 am
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