Say what you want about his personal life, but R. Kelly can’t be denied as one of the most talented and influential artists of our time. He was never convicted of any wrong doing in that infamous case, but he still carries that stigma and people are quick to judge him. Personally I love R. Kelly for all of the amazing music he’s provide us with, so I’m so excited about his new album, ‘Black Panties.’ Let’s be honest…no one can do it like R. Kelly.
Our friends at NecoleBitchie.com recently caught up with R.Kelly in the studio and sat down with him for a rare interview!
On how he wants fans to receive his new album, Black Panties
I just want all the ladies to love it because I did it for the ladies. And really for the fellas too. Because the fellas are gonna go where the girls are. But I really did it for the ladies, you know? Black panties!
On how the collaboration with Lady Gaga came about
Well it’s simple. I had a show about two months ago. And [Gaga] was there and she came backstage. I went on stage and she was on the side chilling while I did my show. After that, we chopped it up for a minute and she asked me to do a song that she had and wanted me to get on it. I’m like ‘Man, give it to me…I can’t wait to hear this,’ because it [was] like ‘What is this gonna sound like?’ you know what I mean?
When she sent it, it was so hot. And when we got together, she’s so hot! I’m like- I’m hot, we [so] hot can’t nothing happen but hotness! So it just worked out. I’m feeling good about it!
On who he’d love to collaborate with
Well, I’m really just about whoever wants to mess with me. I’m at my best when I’m wanted. That’s what turns me on and that’s what turns on the gift. You press the button and the light comes on and that’s it…
Trey [Songz] I’ve already done some stuff for. And I’ve done some stuff for Dream. Right now I just did a joint with Bruno Mars and that turned out really hot. The “Gorilla” remix. And Justin Bieber reached out to me, wanted to do an R&B joint. I did that and that’ll be out real soon. Hotness everywhere!
On the state of R&B music
I feel like it’s good but I feel l got something I could add to it to really just take it all the way there. To keep people inspired to follow the path of R&B.
It has definitely changed. But sometimes change could be a little strange so we gon’ get it back to hotness!
On if R&B music has changed for the better or the worse
I wouldn’t say the worse but I would say there [are] a few things, a few elements, that are missing in it and I feel like I’m the ‘Doctor of R&B’ in a way. So I feel like I know just what to do to get it right back up and running the way it’s supposed to be running.
On his recording process
Well first of all, depending on the kind of track it is, if it’s like one of those slow ballad joints that I’m trying to get in the mood for, on some sexual tip, we dealing with some stogie, cigar0, some cognac, the lights low. Female friend in there or something just chilling. And that’s it basically. Get it done after that.
On who he’d like to play him if there was an Aaliyah biopic
I don’t know. I can’t really say. Who could play me?
On what he’d like his legacy to be
I would just like to be known as the man who was not afraid. Not afraid to try different things. Go into different genres. And lead music to a place that it inspires everybody to want to do music. Not just one-hit wonders. But forever. To be in it [for] longevity. Because that’s the best way to do it.
Watch the interview below: