Not very surprisingly, given its title, R Kelly’s next album ‘Black Panties’ (due out in 2013) is going to be a XXX affair. The ‘Ignition’ lothario has promised the Associated Press that the new record will mark an all-new sexier era in his career.
Asked if – given the sentimental tone of his last two LPs ‘Love Letter’ and ‘Write Me Back’ – he had dispensed with ‘explicit music’ for good, the ‘Freak Dat Body’ singer said: “Absolutely not. And I tell people [that] all the time, man. Make no mistake about it, [that] R Kelly is not going anywhere, it’s just that R Kelly has such a unique talent, and I’ve been blessed to be able to do all type of genres of music. I’m exploring my gift right now”.
Now poised to reprise the themes of the 1993 ‘Freak Dat Body’ containing album ‘Play’, R justified his more recent work by saying: “When you’ve done 20-something years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people – people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this – it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say: ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out’”.