She raised her children Baptist. Kelly's father was absent throughout his son's life. Wells Homes public housing project in Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood. One table, two chairs. There was no father there, I knew that, and they had very little".
At a young age Kelly was often sexually abused by a woman who was at least ten years older than himself. At age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home; the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder. They would hold hands and eat make-believe meals inside their playhouse built from cardboard, where they "vowed to be boyfriend and girlfriend forever.
A fast-moving current swept her away while she screamed Kelly's name. Shortly after, she was found dead downstream. Kelly calls Lulu his very first musical inspiration. Kelly entered Kenwood Academy in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood in the fall of , where he met his music teacher Lena McLin , who encouraged Kelly to perform the Stevie Wonder classic " Ribbon in the Sky " in a high school talent show.
She said he was furious at first, but after his performance at the school talent show, he changed his mind. Kelly's mother Joanne died in Born Into the 90's, 12 Play and R.
Kelly and Public Announcement. DJ ", all of which were led by Kelly. Kelly separated from the group in January I was really taking a chance with the concept of this album. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard and sold over three million copies in the United States. Age Ain't Nothing But a Number spawned two hit singles: During this time, Kelly also became widely known for his remixes.
In , Kelly garnered his first-ever Grammy nominations; two nominations for writing, producing and composing Michael Jackson's last number one hit " You Are Not Alone ".
Critics praised Kelly for his departure from salacious bedroom songs to embracing vulnerability. New York Times ' Stephen Holden described Kelly as "The reigning king of pop-soul sex talks a lot tougher than Barry White, the father of such fluffed-up pillow talk and along with Marvin Gaye and Donny Hathaway, a major influence on Kelly.
Dyson described Kelly's growth from the 12 Play album: Kelly spawned three platinum hit singles: In , Sparkle went Platinum due to the success of the first single,"Be Careful", a duet featuring R.
On November 17, , Kelly released his fourth studio album and first double album, R. Dave Hoekstra of the Los Angeles Times described the album as "easily the most ambitious project of his career. The album remains Kelly's biggest selling album to date having sold 8 million copies in the United States and 4 million copies internationally.
In , Kelly wrote and produced, along with contribution from Wyclef Jean , the majority of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film Life.
Unlike Kelly's previous effort, R. During this time, Kelly began working on the follow-up to his fifth studio album TP On January 24, , at the press conference announcing The Best of Both Worlds completion, celebrities such as Johnnie Cochran , Russell Simmons , Luther Vandross , and Sean Combs lined up to praise the album, with Jay-Z stating that he hoped the collaboration represents "more unity for black people on a whole.
It's an honor that everybody wants your music fast, but on the other hand, it's another thing when the music gets out before you [want it to]. Because that's your art. You feel attached to it. You feel a certain way and you want people to go out and support it. The time that you take, it's like a piece of your life. You take parts of your life and you put it on these records and then for it to just be traded and moved around [is frustrating]. The album sold , copies in its opening week and debuted at number two on the Billboard In early , Chocolate Factory became a runaway success for Kelly, selling over three million copies due to the success of singles such as " Ignition ".
His performance, which included a line of dancers doing the "stepping" routine and a prerecorded instrumental track set to the sound of "Happy People" was met with a mixed reaction.
In October , Kelly reunited with Jay-Z to do a follow-up to their Best of Both Worlds album shortly after announcing a tour to coincide with the project after the duo performed at Madison Square Garden a year before.
The duo's Unfinished Business album was released and peaked at number one on the Billboard chart. The Unfinished Business tour was plagued by a rivalry between the two stars and Kelly reportedly showing up late or not at all to gigs. The singer, according to Jay-Z, often complained that the touring lights were not directed towards him and often left during the middle of sets.
Another night during the concert, Kelly stayed on his tour bus for two hours before finally coming out to perform an uninspired set. Jay-Z eventually removed R. Kelly halfway through the tour, after a member of Jay-Z's entourage attacked R. Kelly with Mace or pepper spray.
Kelly and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October Smith had been charged with assault, but was allowed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct for four days of community service. The album included chapters of " Trapped in the Closet ". The original track entitled "I'm a Flirt", also produced and co-written by R.
However, Kelly never gave the rights for the song to be released as a formal single, although it was played by many radio stations before the remix version.
In Kelly's video for "I'm a Flirt Remix ", he encourages fans to call a number which flashes up quickly on the screen. Fans who called the number were greeted by a recording of Kelly talking about his upcoming album and playing snippets of new songs in the studio. The song peaked at number 12 on the Billboard Hot It also reached number one on the Billboard Hot Rap Tracks. Another hit on the album, " Same Girl ", was a collaboration between Kelly and Usher.
The song was officially released as a digital download May 15, Proceeds were donated to the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund, a fund that helped family members of the victims of the shootings. Holiday opening for him. After two shows, promoter Leonard Rowe had Ne-Yo removed from the tour because of a contract dispute.
However, Ne-Yo alleges that the reason for the dropout was because Ne-Yo believes he received a better response from critics and fans, even though he only performed at two shows. Ne-Yo filed a lawsuit against Rowe Entertainment. It was shown that Kelly was not mentioned in the lawsuit. In December , Kelly was showing up to another preliminary court hearing on his case due to his tour bus being held up in Utah. In , Kelly released a rap track titled "I'm a Beast" in which he coarsely attacked his detractors, though Kelly himself never mentioned by name whom the song was directed to.
Fourth Quarter in the summer of that year but the album was postponed. Billboard also named Kelly among the most successful artists ever for its 50th Anniversary List.
On July 28, the entire album leaked online. On September 18, Kelly released the video to the second promotional single "Skin". However, the album still has no official release date. A recent track was leaked on the internet titled "I Believe". Kelly states on his official MySpace page that Obama's election inspired him to write the song, which contains an excerpt from Barack Obama 's presidential acceptance speech. This song was available on iTunes as a free download the first week it was released.
Untitled and Africa January , after separating in fall of , Kelly finalized divorce to ex-wife Andrea Kelly. The couple had been married for 11 years. The album release was again delayed and was released under Jive Records on December 1, It got mixed to positive reviews from critics.
Kelly also performed in Kampala, Uganda in January He also scheduled to perform in London as part of his first international tour in eight years, but he did not make his London concert. SmileyBooks publisher and founder, Tavis Smiley stated that the memoir's main focus won't be on Kelly's trials and tribulations.
Smiley was quoted saying "If anyone thinks this book is going to fixate on [R. Kelly's trials], they are going to be sadly mistaken. It is going to be a holistic look at his life thus far and the life and legacy that he's building. The song is produced by Bangladesh and features Ludacris. A collection of Kelly's most "epic" ballads, including five brand-new inspirational songs; the compilation was only released in Europe. In the September issue of XXL magazine, Kelly mentioned that the song Sign of a Victory gave him the idea to do an international album called Epic.
In November , Kelly collaborated with several African musicians forming a supergroup known as One8. The first release from the group is "Hands Across the World" written and produced by Kelly. The album includes 15 songs, the latter being a bonus track; a cover of Michael Jackson's You Are Not Alone , which was written and produced by Kelly as well. Love Letter has been critically acclaimed by music critics and highly praised by critics and fans alike.
All songs on the album were written and produced by Kelly. His supreme chutzpah, a quality he shares with Streisand, allows him to feel secure within pop's traditions while taking them wherever he pleases. He made Davis' musical program, which at times got lost amid the chatter of the A-list crowd, come alive.