R Kelly has promised that he will deliver an album of “explicit music” with his next LP.
The singer released his new album ‘Write Me Back’ earlier this summer. The LP is the 11th of Kelly’s career and is the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Love Letter’.
Both of the singer’s recent albums have seen him move away from the more overtly sexual material, with no tracks reminiscent of the likes of ‘Pregnant’ and ‘Freaky In The Club’ included on the LPs. However, the singer says that his next album ‘Black Panties’, which is due in 2013, will bring this style back.
When asked by the Associated Press whether the new album marks the end of him making ‘explicit music’ he was quick to refute the claim. “Absolutely not,” he said, “and I tell people all the time man. Make no mistake about it, R Kelly is not going anywhere, it’s just that R Kelly has such a unique talent, and I’ve been blessed to be able to do all type of genres of music. I’m exploring my gift right now.”
Kelly added that he considered his last two releases to be “a break” from writing about sexual experiences, but he would definitely be inspired by them once again on ‘Black Panties’, which he described as similar to his 1993 album ’12 Play, which included tracks titled ‘Sex Me’, ‘I Like The Crotch On You’ and ‘Freak Dat Body’.
He added: “When you’ve done twenty-something years, man, of giving people what they want, and satisfying people – people like to say they’re making babies off your music, they’re doing all this – it makes me feel good, but at the same time, it makes me say, ‘OK, now it’s time to go and do something that’s in me that I want to do and get out.’ The name of my next album is ‘Black Panties’ – that’s my next ’12 Play’.”
The singer is also working on his acclaimed ‘hip-hopera’ Trapped In The Closet, which he says he has written 32 new chapters for. He also said that he was looking for investors to help fund recording for the project.
Earlier this summer, R Kelly was forced to cancel his ‘Love Letter Cruise’ after a row with the organiser over his fee.