R. Kelly Sings His Life Story In A 45 Minute Audiobiography (Video)

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R. Kelly is known for going off the dome when crafting his songs. The Chicago, Illinois R&B mainstay has a talk-singing method that pulls from ’60s and ’70s groups like the Chi-Lites, Billy Paul, and Isaac Hayes. However, Robert Kelly’s lyrics have often been a product of his own era, sparing no detail about exploits in the streets, or the sheets.

Sitting down with GQ for a video series, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning RCA Records artist fires up a cigar and looks at his 49 years of life. And, in between some talking, the iconic Soul singer put his life to acapella song. Taking 45 minutes to span his autobiography, Kellz reflects on getting shot as a child on the South Side, dropping out of school to become a street musician, and his adoration of his mother, and coining Kell-isms. Cutting into several songs, R. also owned just how exactly he feels his style and writing has changed the genre.

For those seeking it, as far as the personal and career controversies, R. Kelly alludes to his transgressions, “rumors,” and more, but does not speak of specifics.

#BonusBeat: On a tighter schedule? Here is the five minute “abridged” version:

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