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R.Kelly is Marvin Gaye of Our Generation

This is a discussion on R.Kelly is Marvin Gaye of Our Generation within the R. Kelly News & Announcements forums, part of the R. Kelly Discussion category; This is a nice article....

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    This is a nice article.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darnellswan View Post
    I like the article....but what I didnt like is when he said "I'm not sure I would put R. Kelly's voice on par with the Motown crooner (marvin gaye). R. Kelly's voice is strong and soulful. I understand that this is his oppinion but I just love r.kellys voice


    I dont know now . Kells is a great singer in his own right but he even admitted in an article as far as pure singing pipes marvin was in a class of his own. but they are equally great in different ways

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsteezy View Post
    I dont know now . Kells is a great singer in his own right but he even admitted in an article as far as pure singing pipes marvin was in a class of his own. but they are equally great in different ways
    RK can Blow no doubt, but Marvin vocally changed a whole culture with his range and especially his 4 part vocal harmony of lead and background vocals. I dig them both. Marvin vocally even made generic tracks sound like gold once he found his voice.

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    it's a real great thread i don't know many people who has got the same ideas but if they think a little they can't find arguments against it

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    Nice read. Thanx a lot AZ. It's refreshing to read an article from serious point of view. I always want Kellz to be taken seriously. Aside from the allegations, many writers have been poking fun at him. Like G.J. said, it's partly because he's been flirting with showing more than music. It can be funny and entertaining at times, but also it gives me an impression that he's been trying too hard to showcase many sides of him. I'd call it exaggerated humor&swagger as opposed to coming off natural. Since Day 1 til the endless end, he has been and will be remembered as a musician. Times have changed and many folks don't seem to be interested in music with lots of other types of entertainment. But, music is ultimately linked to basic instincts and can do what those areas can't do. So, hopefully, he believes in that and feels less pressure to be entertaining. His music is already entertaining.

    Quote Originally Posted by G.J. View Post
    ^I know what you mean but from a pure musical perspective I think it is unfortunate that people will look at him and if they label him a genius, it will be because they realise that no other artist is willing to be as ridiculous and over the top as R. Kelly, i.e. Trapped In The Closet. That to me has been the double edged sword of Trapped, and furthermore the over-the-topness of Trapped then spreads into songs like Sex Planet for example where to be honest, yes it is humourous, but is also arguably the most ridiculous song he has ever released.

    As you say, to examine R. Kelly as a whole is quite complicated but prior to Trapped and prior to the time where it seemed like every song he was on was hip hop, it seemed like more proper journalists and writers were willing to write serious articles examining the merits and depth of his music. Since 2005 it seems like every other article is either critical of, or praising his humour and audacity. That to me is frustrating because 20 years down the track I think that will effect the man's musical legacy and credibility as a bonafide great, despite the fact that anyone who knows his work closely will realise his status as a great is unquestionable.

    Being compared to Marvin Gaye is one of the greatest compliments an artist could receive, yet R. Kelly has probably had more creative input into his music than Marvin Gaye ever had. Thats why IMO R. Kelly needs to stop messing around and start making the real timeless music that everyone knows he is capable of again. To me that is what it is all about - making timeless music that will be remembered for its serious musical merits and not is humour and shock value.
    I appreciate your take. Props.
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    That was nice to read

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    It's nice to see people compare Kellz to Marvin. They're both legends in their own right and two of my favorite artists of all-time. If I may say, I also see some similarities between R. Kelly and Sam Cooke. The biggest difference between Kellz and these two artists is that God forbid something happens to our boy Kellz, he will be giving us music for longer than Sam or Marvin were able to due to their untimely deaths.

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    Too bad Marvin isn't alive. I would have loved to hear those two do a collabo! Even if R. just produced some stuff for Marvin it still would have been hot!

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    R. Kelly is better than Marvin. Now I love Marvin, but Rob has a gift.

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    Nice find a positive piece of journalism
    [FONT=Georgia][SIZE=3][COLOR=blue][I]"What does it profit a man, to gain the world but to lose his soul" Mt: 16 - 26[/I][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT]

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