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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. 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 18, 2009 - 5:44 pm

R. Kelly Acquitted

The Hannah Montana argument worked! Read more at CNN. More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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, 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 The site’s running a… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 I can picture is that red nose between my lady’s thighs.” And Santa’s got a Beretta. The cliffhangers are classic — watch one, your in for all three. Check Part… More »

By: 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. 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 »

By: 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 ’round the campfire is that he jacked it up somethin’ awful. Or made it relevant again. Let the people decide!Oooh, was there a spatula? Got A/V? E-mail us. More »

By: 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 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 »

By: 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 to see the whole thing.
JIM: Did you see the DVD with all five videos?
BO: No.
JIM: I’ve never laughed harder. Right after part 3, I think, he talks about… More »

By: 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 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 »

By: Stereogum / August 3, 2005 - 3:46 pm