R KELLY FACTS:
Genre: R&B, Soul
Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Albums: Born into the 90's (1992); 12 Play (1993); R. Kelly (1995); R. (1998); TP-2.com (2000); Chocolate Factory (2003); Happy People/U Saved Me (2004); TP.3 Reloaded (2005); Double Up (2007); Untitled (2009); Love Letter (2010); The Return of 12 Play (2012)
Awards: 3 Grammy Awards
Hits: "Bump n' Grind," "You Remind Me of Something," "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," "I Believe I Can Fly," "I'm Your Angel," "I Wish," "Fiesta (Remix)," "Ignition (Remix)," "Step in the Name of Love"
Other: Created the hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet."
Over the last 20 years, few artists have been more important to R&B than R. Kelly. The popular crooner helped bring the genre into the mainstream during the '90s and has since established himself as one of the most prolific singers in the pop music world.
While he got his start as a member of the group Public Announcement, it was when he decided to start a solo career that he really left his mark. He made his debut as a solo act in 1993 with the release of 12 Play. The record was an immediate hit and contained a number of popular tracks including "Bump n' Grind," which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and "Your Body's Callin’," which climbed up to number 13.
Fresh off the success of his debut, R. Kelly continued to record and two years later he gave the music world his self-titled follow-up to 12 Play. Like its predecessor, the album was a hit, and signaled his growing popularity outside of the R&B circles as it reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts and contained several popular tracks including "You Remind Me of Something" and "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)."
R. Kelly's popularity came to a head as the result of a most unlikely source - the 1996 movie Space Jam. He recorded the single "I Believe I Can Fly," for the film's soundtrack, and the song went on to become his defining hit, eventually earning him three Grammy awards and opening up his music to a much wider audience.
Over the next several years, R. Kelly somewhat faded from the public view, but he came back with a vengeance in 2003 thanks to the release of the Chocolate Factory. The popular album included the track "Ignition," which peaked at number two on the charts and is regarded as one of his best songs.
Kelly left what may be his most impressive mark in 2005 with the release of TP.3 Reloaded. The album is most famous for his hip-hopera "Trapped in the Closet," one of the most unique pieces of music in the last decade.
With a flair for the dramatic and a talent for producing, it will likely be a long time before anybody has seen the last of the dynamic R. Kelly.
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