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Two decades after 12 Play, R. Kelly continues to churn out new music. As promised, he returns today with his lead single, “My Story,” featuring 2 Chainz.

The R&B legend is noticeably gaudy here, but not without reason. On a track where he sings, “Them n***as talking money/I got more digits in my gate code,” he also recalls his humble beginnings as a broke hopeful trying to make it in Chicago.

A catchy chorus chants, “This is my story, yeah I’m from that Chi-Town dirt/I went from being broke to sleeping in Versace shirts,” over groovy production courtesy of Paul Jefferies.

The Hair Weave Killer manages to add his flair to the song without overshadowing the Grammy winner.

“My Story” is the first sampling from Kells’ forthcoming Black Panties album, due to arrive later this year. Until then, lend an ear to the tune below.

Photo: Terry Richardson

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