R. Kelly Is Working On A House Music Album
According to R. Kelly, "It Seems Like You’re Ready" for his latest musical endeavor. At the 24th annual Chosen Few Picnic in Chicago earlier this month, the renowned R&B artist surfaced some interesting news on the "Down Low," announcing plans to release a house album in the near future.
After thanking the police for “makin’ [the Picnic] so lovely,” Kelly confessed:
"I want y’all to know a secret – I'm working on a house album right now! And I want y’all to know, it's coming! And y’all know I love music, and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music because I am music. Just like y’all. […]House album, comin’ y’all."
Take a look at his announcement below:
Yes, you understood that correctly – R. Kelly wants in on the never ending "Fiesta" that is EDM, with this new project. There’s a good chance that R. Kelly is already providing the soundtrack to your "Legs Shakin," intimate "Bump ‘n’ Grind" night in the bedroom. Now, he apparently plans on storming right out of your love den and into your local warehouse rave.
When I first heard about this, I could not stop laughing. The hilarity of it all was far beyond any joke I had heard all day…all week, even. There were literal tears streaming down my face as I imagined shuffling to 33 chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" for the entirety of a multi-day festival.
However, unbeknownst to me during this seemingly interminable period of amusement was the fact that R. Kelly actually has a history with house music through his roots as a Chicago native. The Chosen Few Picnic, where his announcement was made, is a festival dedicated to the city’s inception of house music as a genre. It is often referred to the “Woodstock of House Music,” celebrating house legends new and old.
The completion of this planned LP might just be a "Sign of Victory" for an artist who is a legend within the realm of R&B. Some might go so far as to say he’s "The World’s Greatest," as Kelly is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time. So in the future, if a stranger behind you starts "Feelin’ on Yo Booty" while one of Kelly’s EDM hits starts to drop, appreciate the fact that this musical sage has no plans on ceasing his exploration across genres.
Whether this album actually comes to fruition or gets caught in Kelly’s crypt of unreleased music – only time will tell. With any luck, this production will rise above being a neighbor to the 57 other chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" Rolling Stone reports as having yet to see the light of day.
I am yearning to "Burn It Up" on the dance floor with the beats Kelly is cooking up and already know that ‘Your Body’s Callin’’ for this to happen, too. How could it not be?