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R. Kelly Needs To Get Back To The 'Bump N' Grind,' In Bigger Than The Sound

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    Hidden Content

    On The Record: An Open Letter To R. Kelly
    Dear Robert,
    I don't know what's going on with you lately. Maybe your mind is Hidden Content (or maybe, you know, Hidden Content ), but things have changed. The magical sparkle between us is gone. And I don't know if we can ever get it back.
    See, I used to love you. I mean love you. 12 Play was amazing. "Bump N' Grind" was seriously revelatory stuff; "Sex Me" was too, honestly. And I always admired the directness of "I Like the Crotch on You." You looked like a streetwise koala on the cover of TP-2.COM, which sort of made come-ons like "Put your arms around me/ I'm feelin' on your booty" all the more incredible. And it didn't stop there. "Ignition (Remix)," "Happy People," Hidden Content that has Ronald Isley's thugs beating you up and leaving you shoeless in the desert — it was all brilliant, all light years more interesting than the schlock being dished out by your R&B contemporaries at the time.

    It was the kind of stuff that made me wonder if you weren't just the tiniest bit insane — in the best possible way of course. You were like some sort of mixture of Sly Stone, Cecil B. DeMille and Hidden Content — the kind of super-talented, supper-swaggering entertainers who never believed they had a bad idea and, as such, carried each and every song, notion and film out to their fullest potential.
    Still, it seems that ever since the child-porn charges first broke (which was, at the time of this writing, nearly five years ago), you've sort of delighted in enraging your detractors by flitting back and forth between a pair of yin-yang personas: the pariah (2004's Happy People/ U Saved Me) and the pervert (just about everything else). This makes it more and more difficult to separate the man from the music, a notion that reached its zenith when I first laid my eyes on Hidden Content , a triumph of both ego and Photoshopping skills.

    And, of course, that was before I heard anything from the album.
    See, in case you didn't know (and how could you not, since, uh, you recorded it), Reloaded concludes with the first five chapters of "Trapped in the Closet," the hookless, overdramatic serial that — thanks to the (un?)intentionally bad acting and even worse production values of the accompanying video — took on a life of its own, eventually becoming a rather zesty slice of our hyper-ironic cultural pie. And also, whether you meant it to or not, "Trapped" also managed to turn you into more of a punch line than the semi-serious swagger, the loverman shtick and the 14 counts of child pornography combined.

    Even I'll cop to enjoying the first few chapters of the "Closet" story and thinking some of the choices you made were brave (i.e. you made the gay character, Chuck, as normal as anyone else in the serial, which in the ultra-manly world of R&B was a bold decision). But then I watched subsequent "Trapped" chapters, the ones filled with goofy accents and cops chasing vertically challenged male strippers around a kitchen. It wasn't clever anymore. Wasn't mind-blowing or bizarre ... it was just sort of dumb. And, wow. That was about it for me.
    Sadly, that wasn't it for you. You were back with another double album, Double Up, which, predictably, was greeted by most of the snickering masses with something along the lines of, "Oh, here's another bunch of funny songs from the 'Trapped in the Closet' guy!" And then — inexplicably — the news of even more episodes of "Trapped," which would be screened on Hidden Content (in a non-ironic, non-tittering way, of course).

    When the first chapters began debuting last week, it didn't take long for me to realize that the clever wordplay and bold characters were gone, replaced instead with jokes about "fish with t-----s" and you in a fat suit with cotton balls stuck to your face (not to mention you as an afroed preacher man or you as a stuttering pimp). It had moved beyond camp into song-and-dance vaudevillian lunacy. And, of course, they paired you with a bespectacled, smirking hipster of a host, IFC's Matt Singer, who, in between updating Hidden Content , managed to (barely, and most annoying of all, knowingly) titter his way through some perfunctory chit-chat with you while looking about as comfortable as a long-tailed cat in a roomful of rocking chairs.

    It's weird and unsettling, and it made me feel that maybe for the first time in your career, you no longer realize that the people aren't laughing with you. That thought, coupled with the prospect of you unspooling the new "Trapped" for the entertainment of bloggers and silver-spoon hipsters, makes me feel uncomfortable in the same way Hidden Content does. It's not a good look, Robert.

    Of course, maybe you don't care. Maybe you're operating on a level that I'm not, one in which being known as the ultra-horny court jester isn't necessarily a bad thing. Or perhaps you've actually gone crazy. But I'd like to think you're smarter than that. After all, you're the guy who once attended the Grammys Hidden Content , the guy behind "Sex in the Kitchen." Whatever happened to that guy? I miss him.
    Your pal,
    James

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    Well, it's not really a hating article. I think if you do a project such as Trapped, it will create reactions and doubts like those posted right here. He's certainly not the only one to feel that way.

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    any artist or entertainer that bring out these kinds of articles is, in disguise, a GOOD thing.

    rihanna, tpain, akon, genuwine, brian mcknight <----all these people have a formula and a standard. there is no depth, no need to analyze and no need to talk about it.

    r.kelly is so diverse and deep that he is going to please half the world one minute and anger the other half a few seconds after.

    we see it everyday here on the forums. i guess its the curse of being an musician who decides to do just about everything: r-and-b, rap, pop, movies, etc etc etc
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    I was just about to post this. Glad I looked before I posted. Good find.

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    Hidden Content Originally Posted by AZ2Chi1Kelly Hidden Content
    any artist or entertainer that bring out these kinds of articles is, in disguise, a GOOD thing.

    rihanna, tpain, akon, genuwine, brian mcknight <----all these people have a formula and a standard. there is no depth, no need to analyze and no need to talk about it.

    r.kelly is so diverse and deep that he is going to please half the world one minute and anger the other half a few seconds after.

    we see it everyday here on the forums. i guess its the curse of being an musician who decides to do just about everything: r-and-b, rap, pop, movies, etc etc etc
    Conversation over!! Hidden Content

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    Alot of his fans out there will support him no matter what he brings out, he has one of the most loyal followings out there...now I like the new TITC Chapters (dont get me wrong) but I cant take it serious past Chapter 5....the thought of another 30-40 chapters doesnt excite me too much if I'm honest...I'll watch them, buy the dvd as always but I think I can speak on behalf of most Kells fans and say that Kells needs to concentrate on the real R&B tracks...his real signature tracks that we all know he can pull off.
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    on a whole i ain't felt a full album since Happy People/u saved me, but i have felt tracks since then and I think he can explore other options if he elects to. I beleive truly that he wants to release all of the MV Project more than anything else and he is tired of the same song and dance,but these labels only want hits. but we all know there is so many sides to Kellz. and i like the creativity of trapped in the closet and it gives him a different look. He covers alot of bases.

    i laugh with him because the humor is always great and has always been there.

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    Dude is full of shit. He says that Kells' output has been messed up since the allegations, but goes on to praise songs such as HAPPY PEOPLE, then proceeds to harp on that album. He gives praise to IGNITION remix, released after the allegations.
    Finally he asks 'what happened to the Robert he loved on SEX IN THE KITCHEN?' Wait a minute, wasnt that song on TP3 RELOADED?
    Dude is hatin for the sake of hatin.

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    There is definitely some inconsistencies of the article, but as it was said earlier. He's apolarizing artist. Artists like him are usually the ones people remember and write books and movies about them.

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    let r kelly do what he wants to do . he doesnt have to go back . i think he is challenging himself to see what new styl of genre his own he can come up with.if we really want to get back at the bump and grind just put on 12 play cd. he doesnt have to continue making that style of music because he has invented a new world musical range imo,i think he doesnt want to make the same type of albums but he wants them different but with the same concept.we have to understand what he wants to do without that we cannot really enjoy his new level of jams.

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