R. Kelly ‘Honored’ to Work with Kanye West on ‘Cruel Summer’

R. Kelly and Kanye West

It may be a G.O.O.D. Music album, but it’s R. Kelly who kicks off Cruel Summer on the defiant anthem “To the World.” The R&B veteran is relishing over the opportunity to connect with fellow Chicagoan Kanye West.

He explained how the collaboration came together. “Kanye sent me a track he was working on. I sent it back. He sent it back to me, I sent it back to him… until we had something,” Kellz told Billboard.com. “It felt good to both of us. He trusts my talent and I trust his talent.”

While this is their first time working together, they go way back. “I knew Kanye way before he was known. We’ve always had fun in the clubs or wherever we were, just kickin’ it, but we never had a chance to get in the studio before and hook up like this, and I’m just glad we finally got that chance,” he said. “I’m just very honored to be on this track working with him.”

The Pied Piper promises to cater to his female fans when he embarks on his “Single Ladies” tour on October 13 in Columbia, South Carolina.

“I know there’s going to be couples in the audience, which is great,” said Kelly, who named the tour after his Write Me Back single “Feelin’ Single.” “At the same time, I feel like wherever there’s a single ladies party, there’s gonna be a whole bunch of single guys, so we’ll just call it one big dating game.”

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  1. coolio

    Both are legends


  2. Sizzurp Sky

    their song is a bomb !


  3. Jay-Me

    Love this track!


  4. D. Kellz

    Kells & Yeezy I love this song and especially since its my fav artist Kells on here an Ye is a beast they made a hit. I hope they work together in the future and make a Chi-Town Anthem that would be sweet. But this song is a good hit, so big ups Ye & Kells.


    Sheila Reply:

    @D. Kellz,

    Yep, I totally agree. Very glad they finally got to work together. Long overdue. Hopefully this isn’t the last.


  5. RealShit102188

    Chitoooooowwwwn !!!!! :D


  6. Dee

    Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax, Mitt Romney don’t pay no tax!!! Lol, Yeezy is silly.


  7. Anon

    I love you r.kelly!!


  8. roll on

    “Mitt romney dont pay no tax”


  9. Adrienne

    That sextape is about to go “To The World.”


  10. yooooooooo

    gotta love R kelly! :D


  11. Jaymalls

    Mitt Romney Don’t pay no tax!!! Haaaaaaaaa


  12. ms. tomi x

    Although I haven’t heard Cruel Summer I’m sure that this first time collaboration between these great Chi Town artist is no less than GENIUS AT IT’S BEST…afterall it is RKELLY and KANYE WEST!!!
    lovingly and with great respect, poet Ms. Tomi X


  13. ms. tomi x

    Ok y’all I got my middle finger up pointed at all the negative BS this world can put you through. Thanks for the inspiration fellas trust and believe I love it and I love you…especially you R”.
    respectfully, poet Ms. Tomi X


  14. k down to the C up town breezy boyieee

    I’d Like to hear that song OF Kw feat Rk. Nice of R.kelly working with Kanye west Their oth Chi-town Men


  15. MmmHmm



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