I was never
a big R-Kelly fan. First off
I was pissed when he and my girl (the late Aaliyah)
was rumored to be married when she was only 15 and as far as his
singing goes, I thought the guy couldn't hold a note. Then came
the allegations of him having sex with underage girls and that
just added salt to the wound (so to speak). Whether or not he's
guilty remains to be seen but this latest chapter regarding his
going ons certainly didn't score any brownie points with me.
So I took a
listen to his latest release 'The Chocolate
Factory' and my suspisions were even more so confirmed
as I still don't rate him as a singer who can hold his notes but
over the years, apart from the obvious hits there's been one or
two gems on his albums that stuck with me (Thank
God it's Friday,
For you and his remake of
The Spinners classic - Sadie
comes to mind). So with that said, let me turn my attention to
his latest single 'Step in the name of
reminds me a lot of the mid 80s, early 90s house soul tracks that
was making the rounds then (and still does today one might add).
The song is on point for it's production value as it is tight
and straight to the point - no tricks, thrills or gadgetry, just
a nice mid tempo groove layered over some moog keys, seasoned
very well with all the right ingredients to make it a contender.
Duplaix (Looking for Love)
Everett (Testin' me)
have ventured to this area of soul recently and it would be nice
to see Mr. Kelly do more on this level rather than the obvious
as it more suits his baritone voice.
Props to Mr
Kelly for an excellent tune indeed and here's hoping there's more
where that came from. One for your listrening ear ladies and gents.
Listen to K.
in the name of love'