Tag: R. Kelly
Last night, Chicago’s hometown hero, Chancellor Bennett, triumphantly returned to Grant Park for his second year in a row at Lollapalooza, and last night he closed out the three day fest by headlining the coveted closing slot at Perry’s stage. Chance ran through his growing catalog alongside a full band, singing ensemble, dancers (including Bop King DLow) and a light show to rival another one of Chicago’s greats, Kanye West.
And despite the mud and rain, Chance brought his supporters out in droves, who sang along throughout his set and partied like the weekend was coming to an end (spoiler alert: it was.) But one of the most shocking and surprising moments of Chance’s set was when the rapper brought out the legendary Robert Kelly, who helped him finish out the melody on “Acid Rain” and then went into his own mini-set including some bars from “Bump N Grind,” “The World’s Greatest” and “Ignition (Remix.)” So yeah, it was pretty wild. People were walking past Chance’s stage in disbelief, not knowing if the DJ was just running through some Kells hits, or if the Pied Piper was actually on stage.
All in all, it was a great outing, further cementing his place as one of the most major players in the music biz today. If you missed his set live and missed the livestream, we have some footage for you this morning. Sure, it’s not super high quality, but you get the idea. Well done Chano.
Produced by DJ Terry Hunter.
After debuting it at the 2014 BET Awards last night, J-Hud gives everyone the studio version of her new single “It’s Your World” via Shazam. The record was produced by house legend DJ Terry Hunter and features vocals from Kells, who also penned the song. Doesn’t get much more Chi than this. Listen to “It’s Your World” below.
Kells and Cassidy connected for the first single from Cass’ Paradise Royale album. The video finds Cassidy and Big Rob doing their damn thing on the CTA throughout the loop. Remember when pics surfaced of Kells’ riding the train? Well, he was filming this joint. Doors closing.
Congrats to WGCI’s The Morning Riot on a successful five years in the game. Half a decade is no small feat, especially in this fickle industry; so salute to Tony, Leon, Sherm, Nina and Drea. Last night at their anniversary party at Transit, the gang brought out Que, Kam, Rico Love and the legend R. Kelly himself. Check out Kells’ rocking the crowd in the clip above. Here’s to another five.
Kells joins DJ Cassidy on the DJ’s latest single and offering from his forthcoming LP, “Make The World Go Round”. This old school-esque record is sure to get the steppers stepping.
Stream below via Fader. Look for Cassidy’s Paradise Royale album to impact this summer.
Finally, R. Kelly’s Black Panties album gets the chopped and screwed treatment courtesy of OG Ron C and the Chopstars. 22 tracks (some not from the album) get slowed and throwed courtesy of the Texas outfit. Purple Panties? Gotta love it.
Check it out below.
Gaga brings back Kells for the official remix of “Do What U Want”, which also features Ricky Rozay. Check out the remix below thanks to RapRadar.
The Pied Piper was the most recent guest on Elliott Wilson’s #CRWN live audience interview series, which happens every few months in NYC. In part two of their series, they discuss his potential work with 2Pac before his death, and the Best of Both Worlds debacle.
The Pied Piper was the most recent guest on Elliott Wilson’s #CRWN live audience interview series, which happens every few months in NYC. Elliott scored a rather candid interview with Kells, where they discuss everything from his Black Panties album, to Lady Gaga, to throat surgery and his old group Public Announcement.
Most importantly, however, is Kells reminiscing about writing some of his best songs in the parking lot of Rock-N-Roll McDonald’s. Fun fact, this is also where he discovered Boo from Boo & Gotti. True story.
It goes without saying that R. Kelly’s Black Panties album has been quite polarizing. On one hand, you have a lot of fans professing their love for the project, saying R. Kelly is back and BP is his best album in years. On the other hand, Kells’ detractors are more vocal than ever, claiming the project is oversexed and R. Kelly’s character is being exploited in the worst way, and his antics should not be celebrated.
Well, whatever side of the fence you’re on, it helped Rob sell a ton of records, as his twelfth studio album is set to move around 100,000 copies in its first week — and those are just the first day projections.
R. Kelly (RCA) 90-100k
Not far behind Kells is Childish Gambino, whose Because The Internet is set to move around 80-90k. Wow all around.