Star also explains what it's like working with Kanye West and Whitney Houston
R Kelly has opened up about his forthcoming album, ‘Black Panties’, comparing it to his 1993 debut ’12 Play’.
In an interview with Billboard, he said: “I wish I had this musical trailer to show you, but I don’t. But I’ll tell you what, it’s a mixture of ’12 Play’, ‘TP-2.com’ [from 2000], and a little bit of [2004’s] ‘Happy People’.”
He also explained the inspiration for the title of the album, due next year. “When I was in my last sold-out show doing ‘Strip For You’, some girl threw these panties out of the audience. Out of nowhere, these black panties landed on my arm. And I said, ‘That’s a sign’.”
And of the new episodes of Trapped In The Closet, the latest instalment of the ‘hip hopera’, which began in 2005, he said: “I’m so excited about Trapped In The Closet. I’m going to use an old-school term, it’s tripped out, it’s crazy.
I didn’t even think I could write any more characters, but when I got in the studio and got that track up, I started hearing characters, verses, and the story starts to come to me and I just sing what’s in my head, and I see these images of these people in my head. It’s the weirdest thing in the world, it truly is alien, and I just can’t wait for you all to see it so I can go, ‘I told you so’.
He said: “It’s like shirt meets tie, it’s all business and it looks good. With us both being from Chicago we can relate to each other from a city standpoint, culture standpoint and also music standpoint. It’s magical.”
Watch the second part of the interview, during which he talks about his collaboration with Whitney Houston, below.