R. Kelly

(Robert Sylvester Kelly)

R. Kelly
R. Kelly
  • Born: January 8, 1967
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer, Basketball Player

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Robert Sylvester Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Kelly began performing during the late 1980s and debuted in 1992 with the group Public Announcement. In 1993, Kelly went solo with the album 12 Play. He is known for various songs including "Bump N' Grind", "Your Body's Callin'", "I Believe I Can Fly", "Gotham City", "Ignition (Remix)", "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time", "The World's Greatest", "I'm a Flirt (Remix)", and the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet". In 1998, Kelly won three Grammy Awards for "I Believe I Can Fly". His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997.

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I am very conscious of who I am as an artist and as an inspirational person.
I have always been infatuated with country music. Country music tells stories, and I've always loved to tell stories. I said that when I establish myself as an artist that can do pretty much anything I want to do in music, I'm going to make a country album. Music, Chants & Rapps
I learnt a whole lot from my mother. About music, relationships, being a good person, loving people, the whole of life. I learnt about everything from her. Every single day I think about her. All through the day. Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I like to give people more than their money's worth. Money, Coins & Minting
I look at my music in the beginning, and the sexual songs, the partying songs, those are the realities because those things happen. Music, Chants & Rapps
I love the smell of a theater. The old rooms and the carpet and all that stuff. I love to tell stories. Even before I was doing music, I saw myself as a director. So most of my songs come in a play form, you know, where there are characters and stories, so I like to go beyond just the song sometimes. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I only feel sorry for weak people. And mostly what I've come to find is that the weak people are the ones that are the haters.
I still feel like I'm alone at times - even if I'm in the midst of a million people. Because no one - including me - understands my mind creatively. I haven't really been formally introduced to my gift yet. I feel like I'm still on the runway.
I want America to know that you can't believe everything you hear, and nowadays, you can't believe everything you see.
I want people to notice my writing abilities are real and that I'm not just stuck in one situation.
I was the highest-paid street performer, probably, in the history of Chicago. I was making like $800 a day. History
I wouldn't be able to do the songs as long as I've been doing if I didn't feel the pulse of the world. But I can feel people and I know what they want. I feel like I know how they are, because I am the people. And I just have a gift.
If I'm going to be a leader then I have to go places that other people are afraid to go to. That's what makes a leader. To be not afraid to step out and go over the frontline. To stare darkness right in the face.
If there's no fire, there's no scream. If there's no scream, then no one hears you and no one comes to help you in the first place. The depth of my struggle has definitely determined the height of my success. To be able to teach my kids not just about success but about the struggle that comes with it. Success
If you're gonna tell your life story, you gotta be honest, or don't do it. Life
I'm in love with music, and I'm pregnant by it. It's like having twins. Or triplets. Or eight-lets! Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
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 realise that now.
I'm very responsible. And with ability you have to have responsibility. I'm not perfect. But you have to make sure that your children will know that daddy makes mistakes.
In life, you have people that love to party. That's me. People that love God. That's me. People that love sex. That's me. People that love people. That's me. And people that make mistakes. That's me also. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I've always had mostly women come out to see me perform. That's the reason the guys show up; they know R. Kelly is going to draw the women. Most of the songs I'm singing are catering to women anyway. Women
I've been blackmailed a billion times. I've been sued for ridiculous things. At one point in my life, I was an ATM machine. But I'm used to that. You don't get used to it, but I'm used to the fact that people will do this, even your own family members, and I don't hate none of them. Life ;Families, Children & Parenting
I've programmed myself musically to come up with love-feeling tracks that are romantic, sexy, but classy, all in one. And that's the challenge. Once I create that music, then the lyrical content starts to come - you know, the stories and things like that. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Romantic
I've really been writing a lot of country songs. I used to get criticized for doing a 'Bump & Grind,' then turning around and doing a gospel song. But the truth is I'm glad I have a gift that allows me to switch lanes. Truth
Just listen to all this sweet, sweet music. I'm working the music. Music, Chants & Rapps
Love has never failed. It has won every battle. And today and forever more it will go on undefeated. I'm also a very loving person. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
'Love Letter' reminds me of 'Chocolate Factory' and 'Happy People.' It's a little bit of both of those, yeah. I just wanted it to be classy, man. And romantic. And maybe 10 percent sexy. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Romantic
Music is very powerful and can make you feel whatever it is. If you listen to gospel, you're going to feel thankful, and you're going to want to call up people that you hate and tell them that you love them. When you listen to sexual music, it gets you in the mood. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
My fans have always loved my metaphors.
My greatest competition is, well, me.
My mother always told me if you write about life, you will always be in the game. Just don't write songs... write life. I decided to take her up on that. Life
My mother wasn't rich, and I never seen my father. I was a street performer. I've been shot. And now I'm known around the world, and I've touched a lot of people with my music. That's one of the great testimonies that's gonna go down in history. Music, Chants & Rapps ;History
My music has shaken hands with the world somehow - it's a beautiful disease, and I'm glad I got it. Music, Chants & Rapps
Not only did I get an A in music but I got an A in ladies. Music, Chants & Rapps
Once I started singing, I didn't have to try to be cool. I was just one of the coolest guys around.
People can say whatever they want about you without knowing the facts. They can criticize you without even knowing you, and hate you when they don't even know you. All of a sudden, you're, like, the bin Laden of America. Osama bin Laden is the only one who knows exactly what I'm going through.
R. Kelly is an image, a brand. That's my job. There's a whole other side of me that's Robert, who is a father, a friend. But then I put on the game face and go into the studio and do the music. That's just another day at the office. Music, Chants & Rapps
There was a time I desperately needed for the world to know that I was no category guy. My whole goal in life was to reach that certain success where people will say, 'Hey, that guy can do anything. He's the Evel Knievel of music. He's jumping over 15 buses!' Life ;Music, Chants & Rapps ;Success
They say marriage will change you but it didn't change me. Being in love changed me. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Families, Children & Parenting
Well, I believe that the depth of your struggle can determine the height of your success. I was inspired to come out of everything I've been through and end up in a place where I never thought that I would be. Success
When I first came in the business, I had a couple of close calls on planes going to London for shows. There was one time where the plane had to fly around until a storm ended, and then we started having a question about fuel, so we had to go through the storm. It was the worst thing that ever happened in my life. That really messed me up. Life ;Time ;Business, Commerce & Finance
When I think of musical geniuses, I think of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson and Prince. That's who comes to mind.
When I was performing on streets, there was no pressure. People accepted me. They loved me without knowing me.
When you hear romantic music, it makes you want to take your girl out to dinner or buy her something or take her out in the moonlight or take her on a walk. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Romantic
When you're me, when you're R. Kelly, everybody wants a piece of you, and if you don't give 'em a piece they'll find a way to get a piece of you one way or the other.
You know, I love plays. I love the smell of a theater. The old rooms and the carpet and all that stuff. I love to tell stories. Even before I was doing music, I saw myself as a director. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
You know, I'm no different from a fireman. You got to run into a fire no matter how big the blaze is.
You're younger, you might want to go to clubs and kick it, but as you get older, you start seeing that life has more meaning to it. The people that you love are the people you want to start trusting and start wanting them to trust you and start respecting them. Life ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Trust