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Audio of Jawn Murray's report on the TJMS

This is a discussion on Audio of Jawn Murray's report on the TJMS within the R. Kelly News & Announcements forums, part of the R. Kelly Discussion category; Originally Posted by Andy on a side note the jokes & pops at Kells are a little old now dont ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy View Post
    on a side note the jokes & pops at Kells are a little old now dont you think?
    Yes I do...

    I mean its not just cuz its Rob, if it was anyone after so many years people saying the same thing over and over? You have really got to be a moron to a) still make the jokes and b) think they are funny...

    Change the record already...

    p-lease!!
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    While many artists were influenced by the genius of Michael Jackson, R&B star R. Kelly had the pleasure of creating one of the King of Pop's biggest hits, 'You Are Not Alone.'

    The platinum-selling single was the first record to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 when it bowed in August of 1995.

    After their previous success, its no wonder that Jackson was eager to work with Kelly again on his upcoming album before his death.

    "I recorded five joints for Michael Jackson," Kelly said, as we sat in the intimate recording studio nestled in the basement of his Chicago mansion.

    "This studio here is where Michael recorded. And we had been talking on the phone about his new album and I was going to finish what Michael was doing at the time. We're going to get it out though. Michael liked the way I would try to sing the songs just like him [when I referenced them]. I tried to sound just like Michael and that's what he liked."

    Happy People/U Saved Me

    But before he concentrates on releasing the unfinished Jackson tunes, the 42-year-old R&B crooner is anticipating his own new CD, 'Untitled,' slated for drop on Oct. 13.
    (For full details on R. Kelly's new CD and tour, read: 'R. Kelly: Getting Up, Close & Personal for 'Untitled' Project' in the Entertainment Newswire.)

    After 20 years of recording in the music business, Kelly has seen a lot of artists come and go. Its because of that, the Chicago-bred crooner said he doesn't concern himself with the newcomers in the business who look to challenge him and take his spot as the "King of R&B."

    "If you a true King, you don't get into challenges," he offered, pausing from playing his keyboard for emphasis. "I don't get into the challenges anymore. I've passed that. You know, it's like [Muhammad] Ali, you know you get to a certain status in your life and you don't have to throw another punch. You are who you are and people are pretty much going to recognize that if you walk that way. Its like, what is an elephant going do when an ant or a fly land on him. You know what I'm saying? You not gonna go out your way to swat an ant. These guys got some growing up to do and its all about growing up and then pretty much they'll be able to say the same thing if they continue to write hits and get to where I am today. I'm past that, that's something that maybe I would have answered 20 years ago."

    The three-time Grammy winner, who has won everything from American Music Awards to Billboard Awards, penned the title track for Whitney Houston's new CD, 'I Look To You.'

    "Whitney that's like my sister, we get into it all the time but she didn't understand the process and Toni Braxton didn't understand the process. You have to talk about them and crack on them. I'm a "mama jokes" specialist. Sometimes you got to get to cracking and ribbing on people to let them know how real yo ass is and ghetto you is," he said.

    Kelly then re-enacted his conversation in the studio with Houston.

    Kelly: Now say this. [Begins playing keyboard and singing Houston's 'I Look To You'] "As I Lay Me Down..."

    Then mimicking Houston's voice he said: "What the f-k you mean say that? That's all you got?"

    Kelly: "Hell yeah, that's all I got! But just say that for right now, you gone have to trust me some. [Continued singing 'I Look To You'] Then now when it all starts to come together halfway through the song, now yo ass wants to believe me! Yeah whatever."

    Kelly said he admonished Houston to get herself together before returning to the studio because he wanted her in mint condition when they cut his songs.

    "I told her to go get clean and refreshed and sing my song like 'And I'll Always Love You' and we gonna be alright," he laughed.

    The singer wasn't laughing when it came to producing the soundtrack for the movie 'Life' however. Kelly confessed that he begrudgingly gave up his song 'Fortunate' for that CD.

    "I hated giving 'Fortunate' to Maxwell! But I'm not selfish," he giggled, before adding: "Just say catalog!"

    Having written hits for the likes of Celine Dion, Kirk Franklin, The Isley Brothers, Britney Spears, Charlie Wilson and Ruben Studdard, Kelly confessed there is only one other artist he's itching to get into the studio with.

    "I want to get in with Stevie [Wonder] man," he shared. "I want to get in with Stevie but I really want to get in with Stevie Wonder because Stevie continues my legacy and then I can continue his legacy. And then Stevie of course, he's done so many hits, its like sometimes its hard to get with somebody else that's going to continue your legacy. It was pretty hard for me and I understand I got to go to Atlanta to work with these new and younger producers and stuff if I want to stay current. I realize that I got something to give them too, I got something to feed to them but I got to realize they can feed me too. So its like hard to let your ego down and you've written so many hits for yourself and did everything, keyboard, production, everything yourself. It's hard to all of a sudden say, 'Hold on Kells,' so I think it was pretty hard for Stevie to just say, 'Oh wait a minute, I got to do this with another younger guy.'"

    Kelly said he originally wrote his song 'Happy People' for Wonder, who passed on recording the song. The track ultimately ended up on Kelly's 'Happy People/U Saved Me' double CD..

    For the first time that I could remember, Kelly acknowledged his challenges with reading and writing while we talked in the studio.

    "I have to be honest, the reason I don't write down lyrics to songs is because I don't spell too well," he addressed.


    After being asked what song from his massive catalog was his favorite, Kelly broke into an a capella rendition of his sexually-charged '12 Play' before concluding: "I had all three of my kids off that record."

    R. Kelly: Singer Talks Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston New Music - BV Buzz
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    Thanks Kellzfan!
    I think Jawn Murray and Missinfo had the best reviews of the evening with Kells.

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    ^^Yep they showed major respect.
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    I liked how that Whitney conversation went lol
    Baby I never meant to clip your wings, Now I'm wishing you could fly right back to me. - R. Kelly

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    if u heard that it makes reallx sad about mj death was every time happy when he works with mj

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    Great job again, kellzfan. Thanks.

    That conversation with Whitney was funny. I can see Whitney saying that.

    And I pray he will release those songs he had for Mike. The world has to hear them.

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    I know I've said many times on this board and the old one that I've heard Kelly's demo of "you are not alone" but he REALLY sounded like Michael! The way Michael would adlib and run and the vocal pitch was ON POINT! In an interview with ABC in 1995 Kelly said that MJ loved how it sounded JUST LIKE HIM in the demo! I wish I could share it with y'all, but I no longer have the audio

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    thank you for bringing this and it is very detailed.i ain't thinking about no cheap shots because that is old and not necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kellzfan View Post
    It was pretty hard for me and I understand I got to go to Atlanta to work with these new and younger producers and stuff if I want to stay current. I realize that I got something to give them too, I got something to feed to them but I got to realize they can feed me too. So its like hard to let your ego down and you've written so many hits for yourself and did everything, keyboard, production, everything yourself. It's hard to all of a sudden say, 'Hold on Kells,'
    Finally a breakdown!!

    Im so happy about that...Rob is still hungry to produce, but was looking at this as a way of staying relevant...this was obviously not just his decision, but a team decision (probably heavily influenced by Jive).

    Initially he may have had alot of reservations, but eventually he embraced the change and gots to handling bidness...

    that's why I think this is gonna be a tight album!

    Thanks again Rey...and every single 1 of those reports/interviews...

    has been GREAT!!

    (Rob's an absolute trip by the way!! )
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