R. Kelly

Dec
11
Exclusive: R. Kelly Announces Christmas Album

R. Kelly’s Black Panties may not be an appropriate stocking stuffer for everyone on your Christmas list, but next year, he plans to give a gift that the whole family can enjoy. The R&B icon is working on his first Christmas album, and he gave Rap-Up TV the exclusive details.

“I’m working on a Christmas album right now called the 12 Nights of Christmas and it’s gonna be a lot of lovemaking,” said Kellz. “I come with that bearing gifts.”

He started recording the album last year, but doesn’t plan to release it until 2014. “I started it last Christmas actually, but I don’t believe in just putting out a Christmas album just to sell records. It has to be the next ['This Christmas']. In order to get that and capture that moment, you have to take a couple of Christmases and then you come with it.”

In the meantime, he has contributed a new holiday song called “Christmas I’ll Be Steppin’” to The Best Man Holiday soundtrack.

He also revealed that he has seven or eight albums worth of material waiting to be released including the follow-up to Black Panties. “My next album is halfway written already,” revealed Kellz. “It’s gonna be another 12 Play album. It’s gonna be that type of album because there’s been a lovemaking album drought…and I’ve come to save the day.”

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Dec
10
Video: R. Kelly – ‘Cookie’

R. Kelly

With his album Black Panties available today, R. Kelly feeds his sexual appetite in the tasty video for “Cookie.” The self-proclaimed Cookie Monster throws a wild party in his mansion and fills it with lingerie-clad ladies, who work the pole in their black panties and pose as sexy French maids.

“I’m bringing the milk,” said Kellz. “I got all kinds of cookies up in here. They’re round, they’re square, triangle, some of them are heart shaped.”

He dips his Oreos into a bathtub full of milk and smokes a cigar as women cater to his every need.

Take a bite out of Kellz’ sweet treat.

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Dec
9
Rap-Up TV: R. Kelly Talks Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, & Bruno Mars

Twenty years since making his debut, R. Kelly remains one of the most influential and consistent hitmakers in the game. Before his 12th solo album Black Panties drops tomorrow, the R&B genius sat down with Rap-Up TV for an exclusive interview. In Part 1, he discusses his recent collaborations with pop superstars Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars, and his latest work.

Black Panties is mixed with 12 Play, TP-2.com, and a bit of the Born Into the 90′s album,” he said of the project, which features everyone from 2 Chainz to Kelly Rowland. “It’s got all those elements in there, but of today.”

He collaborated with Justin Bieber on his #MusicMondays single “PYD.” The two met up a year ago after discovering they were staying in the same hotel.

“I was lovin’ his music, he was lovin’ mine, so we said, ‘Man, we got to do something together,’” said Kellz. “He finally sent me a track and it was ‘PYD,’ and I put my verse on it and the rest is just history.”

He was so pleased with the results that he’s enlisted the teen idol for his next album. “He’s gonna be doing something on my next up-and-coming album,” revealed Kellz.

Last month, the Chicago native shared the stage with another pop powerhouse, Lady Gaga, at the American Music Awards. “I feel like I met my match when I met Gaga,” he said. “She got a lot of balls. She got a lot of nerve. She’s not afraid to express her music through her vision.”

The two shot a video for their collaboration “Do What U Want,” which Kellz describes as “retarded,” adding, “If you put the two together, you got bi-polar maybe or something like that. … It’s gonna be off the chain.”

If that wasn’t enough, he also guests on the remix to Bruno Mars’ “Gorilla,” which he admits was a challenge at first.

Additionally, he hinted that Bruno may be featured on an upcoming remix of his. “I’ve been talking about, once the album gets going, gettin’ some of these guys that called me. I’ma call them up and say, ‘Hey man, you owe me a favor, dawg.’”

Dec
6
First Look: Lady Gaga Straddles R. Kelly in ‘Do What U Want’ Video

R. Kelly and Lady Gaga

They sexed up the stage on “SNL” and got freaky in the Oval Office during the American Music Awards, and now Lady Gaga and R. Kelly are about to shock us again with the provocative video for “Do What U Want.”

Director Terry Richardson has shared the first photo from the set. In the black-and-white image, a bikini-clad and barefoot Gaga straddles Kellz, who throws up the middle finger.

“I know you’re waiting for the DWUW video. Its unlike any video I’ve ever done. Very Personal. Just making it perfect. Exciting,” tweeted Gaga.

Their collaboration, which appears on Gaga’s album ARTPOP, is currently No. 17 on the Billboard Hot 100.

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Dec
6
Behind the Video: R. Kelly – ‘Cookie’

R. Kelly

R. Kelly satisfied his sweet tooth while shooting the racy video for his sexual single “Cookie,” the first visuals off his album Black Panties, due Tuesday. The self-proclaimed Cookie Monster brought the ‘hood to a mansion and filled it with scantily-clad ladies, who worked the pole in their black panties and posed as sexy French maids.

“I’m bringing the milk,” said Kellz as women paraded around in lingerie. “I got all kinds of cookies up in here. They’re round, they’re square, triangle, some of them are heart shaped.”

He poured milk into a bath while singing about “licking the middle like an Oreo,” and even gave his co-stars some acting tips.

Watch Kellz take a dip into the cookie jar.

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Dec
6
R. Kelly Performs Tribute to Nelson Mandela on ‘Arsenio’

R. Kelly

Just hours after Nelson Mandela’s passing, R. Kelly paid homage to the late civil rights icon during his appearance on “Arsenio.” The R&B legend performed “Solider’s Heart,” a piano ballad which he wrote and performed for the South African leader in his living room in 2010.

“I’m just blessed to know that I walked in his presence,” said Kellz. “He was a spirit walking and being around him inspired me to even go further in my life, in my walk, and my career. He’s just an incredible power.”

In addition to his tribute, he reenacted a press conference while performing his Black Panties cut “Shut Up” and closed out the show with a stirring rendition of “When A Woman Loves.”

During the interview, he shared his preference for panties or thongs (“If you wear thongs, you might as well have your ass just out”), broke down his lyrics about Oreos and black holes, and revealed which artists he’s listening to.

Plus, he improvised by serenading two ladies using the words Frosted Flakes, relish, and ketchup.

Watch the R&B genius at work.

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Dec
5
New Music: R. Kelly f/ Too $hort & Nipsey Hussle – ‘My Story (L.A. Remix)’

Black Panties

After showing his hometown love with the Chicago remix to “My Story” featuring Katie Got Bandz and Rockie Fresh, R. Kelly connects with Cali’s own Too $hort and Nipsey Hussle on the L.A. remix.

His album Black Panties drops December 10 featuring Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz, Jeezy, Future, and more.

Head to the West Coast with Kellz and company.

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