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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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R. Kelly – “Shut Up”

R&B titan R. Kelly has been a bit quiet ever since he released his magnificent retro-soul album Love Letter at the tail-end of last year.
Tom Breihan | November 10, 2011 - 10:56 am

10 Possible Monday Night Football Replacements For Hank Williams, Jr.

As you may have heard, country music lifer Hank Williams, Jr. has parted ways with Monday Night Football, the TV show he spent 20 years…
Stereogum | October 6, 2011 - 4:24 pm

How To Dress Well Covers R. Kelly

Or: Krell covers Kells. Stereogum40's R&B ambassador How To Dress Well files this session filmed by the yourstruly crew, an up-close and exceedingly personal one-shot…
Amrit Singh | September 27, 2010 - 2:51 pm

Sam Amidon – “Relief” (R. Kelly Cover)

Although Sam Amidon's frequently contributed banjo and guitar to the whispered elegance of Thomas Bartlett's Doveman project, he's a fiddler first, and a man with…
Amrit Singh | April 6, 2010 - 5:13 pm

New R. Kelly (Feat. Keri Hilson) Video – “Number One”

SPOILER ALERT: R. Kelly likes sex. Watch at Videogum.
Scott Lapatine | August 18, 2009 - 5:44 pm

R. Kelly Acquitted

The Hannah Montana argument worked! Read more at CNN.
brandon | June 13, 2008 - 3:27 pm

R. Kelly Defense Gets Weirder, Jury Deliberating

To date we haven't weighed in on the R. Kelly case, but now that the jury's deliberating, it looks like a good time as any…
brandon | June 13, 2008 - 9:49 am

Jon Stewart, Jimmy Kimmel Still Mining R. Kelly’s Closet For Laughs

Expect to see a lot of R. Kelly's this Hallow's Eve? Or maybe you think the Trapped In The Closet fun's all played out? Oh,…
Stereogum | October 25, 2007 - 2:42 pm

New R. Party Video – “Trapped In The Men’s Room”

Although Meet The Press occupies a slot in the Stereogum TiVO queue (true), it took the writers at The Daily Show to break down this…
Stereogum | September 11, 2007 - 5:50 pm

New R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet Chapter 13 Premiere

On Friday, we catered to your need for all things R. Kelly/Trapped with a premature evaluation of the latest installment of the crooner’s experiment in…
Stereogum | August 13, 2007 - 9:51 am

Premature Evaluation: R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 13

Since we know how much you loved the Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 13-22 preview (oh, shit) and you just can't wait 'til Monday when…
Stereogum | August 9, 2007 - 1:19 pm

R. Kelly – Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 13 Preview

In his divine providence, bless his heart, R. Kelly is treating us to another series of installments (Chapters 13-22) from the best serialized hip-hopera thine…
Stereogum | July 31, 2007 - 3:27 pm

This Is A Video Response To R. Kelly (Feat. Usher) – “Same Girl” [OFFICIAL VIDEO]

We're not posting Mimi & Flo's shot-for-shot parody of R. Kelly & Usher's "Same Girl", "Same Dude", just because white artists covering black artists is…
Stereogum | July 30, 2007 - 4:47 pm

R. Kelly To Help Virginia Tech “Rise Up”

R. Kelly has set aside the Trapped In The Closet hip-hopera (Chapters 13-22 out via DVD this July!) long enough to be touched by, and…
Stereogum | May 1, 2007 - 1:13 pm

New Santa Video – “Trapped In The CLAUSet”

R. Kelly’s twelve-part hip-hopera ain’t got shit on a raging Santa. All you need to know about the story is in this line: “Now all…
Stereogum | December 8, 2006 - 9:31 am

Serialized Pop Song, The

R. Kelly love in NY Times Magazine’s Year In Ideas issue: If you consider it only as a concept, “Trapped in the Closet” seems inevitable.
Scott Lapatine | December 12, 2005 - 2:03 pm

R. Kelly Sings The National Anthem

Reader Matthew writes in… Y’all need to put out the call for an mp3 of R. Kelly singing the national anthem at the fight. Word…
Scott Lapatine | December 7, 2005 - 11:05 am

Cliffs Notes for “Trapped In The Closet” Chapters 6-12

Sure, you heard about the farting midget that shows up in the later chapters of R. Kelly’s epic “Trapped in the Closet”, but those news…
jim | November 10, 2005 - 9:55 pm

My Morning Jacket Heart R. Kelly

Entertainment Weekly gets drunk with the Louisville, Ky. quintet… CARL: That new R. Kelly video for “Trapped In The Closet” is amazing. BO: I want…
Scott Lapatine | October 3, 2005 - 1:41 pm

“Trapped In The Closet” Cliffs Notes

Those who were confused by R. Kelly’s five-part urban opera are in luck. has Cliffs Notes complete with a “character sex map” and glossary…
Stereogum | August 3, 2005 - 3:46 pm