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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 went off without much protest. But since then — largely because a Village Voice conversation between Jessica Hopper and DeRogatis went viral — there’s been a new wave of public… More »

By: 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 few weeks back, he shared “Keep Doin’ That (Rich Bitch),” a track from the upcoming album that features the despicable R. Kelly. Now, he’s put out a video for the… More »

By: 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 on a Lady Gaga single, and that single disappeared so quickly that your head might’ve spun. But Rick Ross didn’t get the memo. Or maybe he just doesn’t care. Either… More »

By: 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 series of hits from that year and asked him for commentary. While listening to Nirvana’s “Heart Shaped Box,” he recalled his reaction when he heard about Kurt Cobain’s death, asserted… More »

By: 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, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival cut the R&B singer as a headliner after bands and promoters began to drop out because of his involvement. That controversy didn’t stop Chance The… More »

By: 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 a pretty incoherent lineup: O.A.R.! Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child! Future Islands! Rusko! Ceremony! But the booking choice that drew the most scrutiny was its choice of headliner: R. Kelly,… More »

By: 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 Festival, which is set to go down Labor Day weekend at various Downtown venues, SXSW-style. The fest lineup trickled out little by little, and at first, it mostly caused a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 23, 2014 - 10:36 am

The Week In Pop: Robin Thicke’s Paula Is Pitiful, But Don’t Pity Him

“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 »

By: Chris DeVille / June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

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 years now — with some models accusing him of wildly unprofessional, exploitive, inappropriate, perhaps criminal behavior during photo shoots, and others defending him against those charges. Richardson has done lot… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 19, 2014 - 12:51 pm

The Week In Pop: Aloe Blacc’s Spirit-Dampening Star Turn

“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 »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2014 - 3:30 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 absolute monster of an R&B song that compares cunnilingus to sumptuously licking the cream out of an Oreo. Now that song has a hyper-misogynist video in which Kellz inhabits a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 4:43 pm

Album Of The Week: R. Kelly Black Panties

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 »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2013 - 4:02 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 2010 World Cup festivities, Kelly visited Nelson Mandela’s home, performed the song for him in his living room, and dedicated it to him. Appearing on Arsenio last night, on the… More »

By: 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 last night, he was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live, playing the outdoor festival stage to a louder reaction than most of the bands who show up there. Kelly took… More »

By: 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 Singer to discuss “Trapped In The Closet,” his super-fun multi-part R&B radio-play opera. Since then, Kelz and IFC have become inextricably intertwined, with Kelly pushing “Trapped In The Closet” to… More »

By: 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 only makes sense that it’s also the year he’ll release his nastiest album in years. Next week, Kelly will give us Black Panties, his beautifully crafted, deeply horny new LP. More »

By: 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 shouty Kanye West and whiny Kim Kardashian. Pharoah’s West (which we last saw in his “I Am A Dog” parody) is pretty strong and included some “Black Skinhead”-y yelps to… More »

By: 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 his inexplicably frequent guest spots on gargantuan hits by A-list rappers, he is the kid brother begging to tag along — a pest, a nuisance, a whoopie cushion rapping about… More »

By: 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 a buncha additional vocal elements — backing and lead, including an entirely new verse and melody — to the original. What can I say? I love the original, and thi… More »

By: 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 great mashups — “1901”/”Ignition” and “Chloroform”/”I’m A Flirt” — and then walked off stage saying, “We gotta do something else!” I’m not paraphrasing or assuming anything; that’s a direct quote… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 14, 2013 - 11:46 am
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