R. Kelly

R. Kelly

by R. KellyR. Kelly


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With the salacious 12 Play, R. Kelly established himself as one of the top R&B hitmakers of the mid-'90s, rivalled only by Babyface and Dr. Dre for overall consistency. 12 Play was marred by occasionally slight tunes which were obscured by the explicit sexuality of the lyrics. R. Kelly isn't hampered by those flaws, although it isn't a perfect record by any means. Throughout the album, Kelly relies on melody and grooves instead of overtly carnal imagery. But that doesn't mean he has cleaned up -- Kelly remains a sly, seductive crooner, and his sexiness is more effective when it is suggestive. Nevertheless, his lyrics and music are never subtle -- even on the ballads which dominate this album -- which can make R. Kelly tiresome if taken as a whole. Taken as individual songs, the album works better than anything he has recorded to date.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/1995
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886919943924
catalogNumber: 199439
Rank: 25883


  1. Intro - The Sermon
  2. Hump Bounce
  3. Not Gonna Hold On
  4. You Remind Me Of Something
  5. Step In My Room
  6. Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby...
  7. (You To Be) Happy
  8. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)
  9. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)
  10. Thank God It's Friday
  11. Love Is On The Way
  12. Heaven If You Hear Me
  13. Religious Love
  14. Tempo Slow
  15. As I Look Into My Life
  16. Trade In My Life

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ernie Isley   Guitar
Notorious B.I.G.   Rap
Lafayette Carthon   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kirk Franklin   Choir Director
Eleanor Hampton   Background Vocals
Ronald Isley   Vocals
Strings   Background Vocals
Ray Bady   Drums,Background Vocals
Charlotte Horton   Background Vocals
Pepe Epting   Background Vocals
Alfonzo Walker   Background Vocals
Ronda V.   Background Vocals
Kimmie Macfarland   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Lee   Programming,Instrumentation
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Peter Mokran   Programming,Engineer
Jim Slattery   Instrumentation
Mario Winans   Programming,drum programming,Instrumentation
Stephen George   Programming,Engineer
Barry Hankerson   Executive Producer
Chris Brickley   Engineer
Nick Gamma   Art Direction
Rich Travali   Engineer

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