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R. Kelly Speaks On Trey Songz, Chris Brown and New Black Panties Album

R&B star R. Kelly had been away from music after undergoing an emergency throat surgery in July.

After spending the last couple months recovering, the 44-year-old singer is gearing up to release his new album titled Black Panties.

Yesterday, Kelly stopped by 107.5 WGCI’s Morning Riot radio show in Chicago and talked about the throat surgery that threatened his singing career.

“It was really scary,” Kelly said of the surgery. “At the end of the Love Letter Tour, towards the end, I started feeling it.

“I thought I had a cold, but, man, I had like a cyst as big as a golf ball on my tonsils. The doctor’s though, they cut it out, they took care of me really good.”

With his ailment behind him, Kellz is looking towards the future, as he talked about his upcoming album, which he calls “the new 12 Play.”

“I just did the whole Love Letter joint and everybody thinking, ‘Oh that’s the direction he’s goin’ now,” he said.

“Nah, that was a moment in time, just like ‘Ignition’ and ‘Bump n’ Grind’ and all this stuff was a moment in time. Now this Black Panties album ….. it’s the new 12 Play.”

During the interview, the veteran R&B singer also talked about the new generation of R&B talent—Trey Songz and Chris Brown—and talked about disses he received from the aforementioned Songz in the past.

“I was pretty numb. I don’t feel those type of things man,” Kelly said of his beef with Songz. “It’s like I’m bullet proof when it comes to beef. I don’t deal with beef. I love steak.”

“I know that Trey Songz is the guy. If he keeps with the hits and he humbles himself a bit more, he will definitely be one of the runner ups.”

Kelly continued by talking his respect for Chris Brown saying:

“Chris Brown is already there as far as he’s concerned. Because you know, he’s a humble guy.”

Chris Brown used to come to my studio when he was 13, 14, 15 and 16 and he learned a lot from me.

“I used to lecture him all the time. I’ve got the upmost respect to Chris Brown.”

Listen to the full interview here: