R Kelly reveals details of 'Black Panties' and 'Trapped In The Closet: The Next Instalment'

Star also explains what it's like working with Kanye West and Whitney Houston

R Kelly reveals details of 'Black Panties' and 'Trapped In The Closet: The Next Instalment'
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'.

Finally, he talked of working with Kanye West. The pair teamed up on To The World, which was released in September this year.

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.




Read More On This Artist

More News
The Decemberists tease new single 'Make Me Better' - listen
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan at tiny gig
Dizzee Rascal shares gory Halloween video for 'Couple Of Stacks'
U2's Bono calls 'Seasons (Waiting On You)' by Future Islands "a miracle"
Arcade Fire release short horror film with James Murphy, Fleet Foxes and the National - watch
Damon Albarn swims with sharks in radio documentary
Bob Dylan's new album 'Shadows In The Night' to be released in 2015
Happy Mondays' Shaun Ryder: 'Liam Gallagher should get himself a TV chat show'
John Lydon: 'Never Mind The Bollocks' is an underrated record
Honeyblood open up about drummer's recent departure
Kate Tempest: In the UK 'voting does nothing to change the system'
Billy Corgan rules out playing 20th anniversary gigs for 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite...
The Libertines' Gary Powell to perform with pop newcomer Iris Gold at Jack Rocks The Macbeth
Gengahr announce last-minute London gig
Peta criticises One Direction for featuring chimp in new 'Steal My Girl' video
Kasabian cover the 'Ghostbusters' theme – listen
Jamie T kicks off first tour in four years with rowdy Bristol gig
Girls star Lena Dunham says Taylor Swift 'sings my story'
Flying Lotus releases twisted 'Ready Err Not' video – watch
'Blurred Lines' copyright dispute will go to trial in 2015, judge rules
Ibiza Rocks organisers announce new festival in Croatia
Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' named Spotify's most popular Halloween song

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM