Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"Straight Up, Dawg"


The above album artwork has been finalized, and still-listen has the official tracklist. (I love black people's idea that Kid Rock is still a big star.) Plus, Kells has started his own YouTube channel. Also, if anyone has a link where I can cop those shades--I need them in prescription lenses--just put it in the comments.

Robert Sylvester Kelly is in his absolute prime. You can feel it. Eventually, he'll either believe his own hype and start exploring his rockabilly influences or, you know, get convicted in that child pornography case for which he still hasn't been tried. And we'll be left wondering why we didn't appreciate him while he was still here. Until then though, every few weeks he blesses us with a new batch of consistent, versatile ear-candy. He raps better than most rappers, he has the confidence to deliver on completely bizarre lines, and he belts out everything with the same casual elegance.

Double Up, which paces May 29, is going to be the best album since OK Computer. "Same Girl," his sublime duet with Ursh, leaked this week, and it's pretty untouchable. I laughed about five times during the first verse, and I think that's what the Pied Piper of R&B wanted. I never realized how similar their phrasing was either.

"She drive a black Durango
License plate say 'angel'
Tattoo on her ankle
Plus she's makin' pesos"

R. Kelly and Usher- "Same Girl" (mp3)

I'm also hoping "Rise Up," Kells' tribute to the Virginia Tech victims, winds up on Double Up. (Yeah, dude's prolific. He probably already saved it into his Mac by the time the final shots were fired.) Right now you can only stream it, and I don't think I would post an mp3 if I had one. Buy it on May 15 if you like it, because all the proceeds go to Random Foundation X. It's a good cause and stuff, and the guy can still kill a ballad.

R. Kelly- "Rise Up" (stream)

I was becoming jaded to what felt like forced, artificial grief from people over the Virginia Tech killings. (Oh, really? You're petitioning Facebook to change its layout to maroon and orange? That'll really make a difference to the people whose family members were killed for no reason.) But this song genuinely moved me in a way I didn't expect. Everyone handles tragedy in his own way I guess: all I needed was two key changes in thirty seconds.

And he has thirty new chapters of "Trapped in the Closet" ready. And he has old "Friends" episodes playing in the Chocolate Factory. Incredible.

1 comment:

Will said...

"My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I'm the Ali of today. I'm the Marvin Gaye of today. I'm the Bob Marley of today. I'm the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now."

- R. Kelly tells the new issue of Hip-Hop Soul magazine