Multi-instrumentalist Robert "R" Kelly became one of the biggest rhythm'n'blues
stars of the 1990s with three colossal hit albums:
12 Play (1993), with Bump n' Grind, which was perhaps the last
major album of new jack swing,
R Kelly (1995),
followed by the mega-hit I Believe I Can Fly (1996),
and the ambitious double album R (1998), where he converted to the
classic soul music of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke.
The double-disc album Happy People/ U Saved Me (2004)
is another self-indulgent effort that is not fully justified by the quality
of the compositions.
Inspiration was again mediocre on Double Up (2007).
In the meantime Kelly had premiered his campy, cartoonish television soap hip-hopera Trapped In The Closet. The first episodes were broadcast in 2005. More episodes surfaced in 2007.
Untitled (2009) recycled material from the unreleased album
12 Play: Fourth Quarter (2008).
Love Letter (2010) was a collection of old-fashioned love ballads,
and Write Me Back (2011) was influenced by that sound.
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