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. He’s had good reason: He went through emergency tonsil surgery in July. But that surgery was apparently a raging success, since Kells is back in the business of letting u… More »
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 singing the intro for, just because he made a totally calm and reasonable parallel between Barack Obama and Adolf Hitler. (He also compared John Boehner to Netanyahu? Whatever.) If you… More »
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 take on the bittersweet lost-love/lost-soul beauty of R.Kelly’s “I Wish.” True to HTDW’s overriding vibe, it looks and feels like a late-night confessional, which is a slight tonal transformation from… More »
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 a distinctive voice his own. The forthcoming I Saw The Sign sees the multi-instrumentalist work with preexisting material and a cadre of musical luminaires (Shazhad Ismaily, Nico Muhly, Beth Orto… More »
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 to ponder it and what sorts of ramifications it’ll have for how we go about listening to and enjoying Trapped In The Closet and “Sex In The Kitchen” or, more… More »
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, shit. (See, that never gets old.) Lest you think the parodies have run their course, Jimmy and Jon revived the franchise this week with fresh new takes on R.’s hi… More »
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 Senator Larry Craig scandal in a manner that we could process: with a sweet R&B R. Kelly parody. Some of the Senator’s own words, punctuated with plot advances from Jo… More »
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 serialized absurdity (replete with the requisite “oh, shit”s), but now you can jump back into the saga with Chapter 13, playing in full over at ifc.com. The site’s running a… More »
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 ifc.com kicks off its one-new-chapter-daily Trapped-athon, we didn’t think it fair for you to miss out on the sneak peek at Chapter 13 ifc gave us today. Because you love… More »
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 eyes have ever seen. Yes that means more from cheating Bridget and her paramour, the midget (“that shitted on [him]self”), the spatula waving neighbor, the homosexual deacon, and the other… More »
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 one of blogging’s less decorative evergreens, or to start a thread about Usher’s U-Turn. No, we’re posting it because Mimi & Flo’s video is the kind of parody that i… More »
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 offer support for, the Virginia Tech tragedy. Kelly’s releasing “Rise Up” digitally on May 15th, with Jive contributing 100% of the proceeds to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, assisting Va. More »
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. It touches on the big entertainment megatrends: the branded franchise, the automatic spinoff to DVD, the self-updating content of podcasting, the campy soap opera of “Desperate Housewives.” As for the song… More »
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 stories ignored the real twist: someone (finally!) gets their entire ass shot. Save yourself the $15 and find out who by reading SomethingIsAwful’s Cliff’s Notes for chapters 6-12. It include… More »
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 to see the whole thing.
JIM: Did you see the DVD with all five videos?
JIM: I’ve never laughed harder. Right after part 3, I think, he talks about… More »
Those who were confused by R. Kelly’s five-part urban opera are in luck. Somethingawful.com has Cliffs Notes complete with a “character sex map” and glossary of difficult words and phrases:Shuh, shuh: Cathy makes this sound to indicate to Sylvester that he should be quiet.
Shit is going down: Bad things are going to happen. More »