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    Default The belated R Kelly thread...

    It appears there has never been a thread about R Kelly on dissensus before and it bothers me. There's certainly a lot to talk about!

    Just recently acquired the entire discography of R Kelly and have been working my way through it with much pleasure. Faves so far include:



    Get up on a room

    Chocolate factory (the song and the album)

    Make up to break up feat. Jay-Z

    Ignition remix (obviously)

    I like the crotch on you (!!!)

    Bump n grind


    ...but there's lots more. A year ago I was mocking R Kelly and now I think his music's great. His lyrics are just so funny and ridiculous, but he still manages to sound heartfelt somehow. And then of course the recent court case...

    Anyway, please go ahead and discuss the man and his work before I embarrass myself any further

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    No no, you are totally OTM.

    And, never mind the music...

    Have you seen the two dvd's of Trapped In The Closet his Hip Hopera?

    It is pure weirded-out genius- genuinely hilarious, surprising and (at the end of dvd 2) shockingly poignant.

    i was in the same boat as you- totally taking the piss and then my wife played me Chocolate Factory (Same Girl is so funny, such a riot) and then we both saw Trapped...

    Seriously, everybody on Dissensus has to see this.

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    it's all about Your Body is Callin' and A Woman's Threat. Wicked, wicked stuff.

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    What kind of 2-bit operation do you think you are dealing with here?

    http://dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=1677

    Actually it's not much of a thread. It deserves more. Trapped In The Closet is kind of astonishing, and while I'm not sure if that's necessarily a good thing, it's fairly rare.

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    no no NO, its all about....

    your bodys calling (and the remix), are you ready, sex me (lol), step in the name of love (not the remix), happy people and various songs hes done for other artists. always liked aaliyahs version of the isleys at your best you are love that he produced - not much diff from the original but i love her version anyway. some good changing faces, sparkle, MJ songs to check out too.

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    Yet to see all of trapped in the closet, just the first couple of episodes. Absolutely bonkers...I'll have to get around to watching the rest of these soon, I think they're all on youtube. Doesn't Bonnie Prince Billy crop up in one of them? I know he covered The world's greatest on his last album.

    Anyway back to R Kelly...You heard the album he did with Jay-z, 'The best of both worlds'? Keep coming back to that one.

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    R Kelly has done some wicked tunes - couple I remember back in the day were Vibe and Bump N Grind.

    Did Bump N Grind at a karaoke recently, it brings the house down (the acapella beginning is so stupendous). Of course it's impossible to do without a bit of dutch courage first (or some amazing vocal talent which I don't have). People still cheer it anyway.

    Happy People is a lovely track. Your Body's Calling too.

    It was all about the 12 play album when I was at school.....

    Trapped in the closet is amazing. Only recently realised that the cop from Trapped In The Closet is Omar Little from The Wire!!!!!
    "Now pause the movie cause what I'm about to say to y'all is so damn twisted, not only is there a man in his cabinet, but the man is a midget! MIDGET! MIDGET! MIDGET!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amplesamples View Post

    Did Bump N Grind at a karaoke recently, it brings the house down (the acapella beginning is so stupendous). Of course it's impossible to do without a bit of dutch courage first (or some amazing vocal talent which I don't have). People still cheer it anyway.
    Love it! You're a brave man...

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    Sex in the kitchen
    Over by the stove
    Put you on the counter
    By the buttered rolls

    The genius is in the details.

    The genius is also in doing a song where he talks about getting so drunk in the club that he throws up and then carries on drinking. Can't think of any other RNB singer that would say something like that!

    Mainly the genius is in the melodies, though. I genuinely think he's amazing. There's a very strong level of appreciation which is all about how absurd he is, but it isn't just that.

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    The melodies are sublime and subtle, his music these days being pretty stark and economical so everything just has its perfect place.

    I know the absurdity gets bigged up but then its rare to find that level of lyrical brilliance in R&B or any form of pop music at the moment and whats more is that if you don't pay it any attention it just sounds like the usual G business. Like the man said, its in the details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corpsey View Post

    Mainly the genius is in the melodies, though. I genuinely think he's amazing. There's a very strong level of appreciation which is all about how absurd he is, but it isn't just that.
    Yeah, I didn't mean this to be a guilty pleasures thread. The man's produced an amazing body of work, his tunes are mint. He's unique. Nobody on earth can do slow jams better than R Kelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amplesamples View Post
    Did Bump N Grind at a karaoke recently, it brings the house down (the acapella beginning is so stupendous). Of course it's impossible to do without a bit of dutch courage first (or some amazing vocal talent which I don't have). People still cheer it anyway.
    yeah I love to bust that intro out every once in a while. rock on good sir!

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    Fucking and peeing on minors or not, Kells is great... Vibe, Ignition, I'm a Flirt, etc.

    Love the humour and playfulness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benny B View Post
    Yet to see all of trapped in the closet, just the first couple of episodes. Absolutely bonkers...I'll have to get around to watching the rest of these soon .
    you really do need to check the later episodes. the bonkersness goes into completely another level- it gets so sprawling and ridiculous and then kind of collapses in on itself, with all these connections between disparate characters being drawn all at once. it's great.

    r kelly is a genius in the truest sense of the word, i think.

    didn't someone out of Hot Chip once run a club night that only played R Kelly songs?

    it's a bit obvious, may be, but my favourite r kelly moment is the 'bouce, bounce, bounce, bounce' refrain on 'ignition'; so simple, but sublime.

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    yeah too much r kelly hits to mention, watch as, nonchalantly, he treads the border between genius and insanity

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