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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

R. Kelly approaches the event horizon

Posted By on 08.18.09 at 11:43 AM

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R. Kelly got almost dangerously recursive when he put his own version of The-Dream's "Kelly's 12 Play"—a song about getting it on to R.'s breakthrough album—on his Demo mix tape back in June. Now he's at it again, this time with the metatastic first single from his upcoming album, Untitled: a duet with Keri Hilson called "Number One" where the king of sexaphors compares his fuck styles to his talents for writing stone cold jams. (Yahoo has the video.)

Musically it's a standard Kells slow jam livened up with a stuttering kick drum, a double-time dance break that will most likely inspire a thousand bootleg remixes, and a tuned-down voice saying "Number one" a la R & B/hip-hop radio drops, which is either genius or totally fucking dumb. One or the other.

What I'm more concerned with is his increasingly self-referential lyrics. I'm afraid that if Kells keeps comparing himself to himself, he'll trigger some sort of chain reaction that will rip a hole in the fabric of reality. And then he'll write a song about fucking the hole.

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