R. Kelly has a new album titled The Buffet.
The previous sentence regarding the R&B veteran hardly constitutes as news anymore as it is his thirteenth studio album and his fourth in five years. Boasting songs titles like “Poetic Sex”, “Sextime” and “Anytime Goes,” the music is hardly a departure from anything–fan or critic–has heard from the soon to be 49-year-old Grammy Award winning singer from Chicago, who has been embroiled in child molestation and sexual misconduct rumors for going on two decades now.
With its release last Friday, December 11, The Buffet is projected to sell between 28,000 and 33,000 copies; which doesn’t exactly align with the type of numbers one would expect from a legendary artist who can easily get Lil Wayne, Ty Dolla $ign, Jhené Aiko, Jeremih and Juicy J among others on their new project.
Lost in his frustration, Mr. Robert Kelly recently holed himself up in the studio to vent about Black people refusing to support his music. He was carefully not to going into great detail as to why “Black people” are turning their backs on his releases but he still got his rant on nonetheless.
“I’ve been been getting a lot of slack from y’know from people about …um…my album or my career or things like that,” he said, stumbling over his words in efforts not to touch on the accusations brought upon him. “I bust my ass going around doing shows to survive, but I do this for the love,” Kelly said. “But come on, at some point we gotta start supporting each other. Everybody supports every other category of music, we gotta start supporting each other.”
Kellz, while conveniently positioned next to his debut album 12 Play platinum plaques, also touched on white pop and country artists getting all the support they needed from their diehard fans–within their race. A valid point but probably not one that is easily digested from the man who originally named his current album, White Panties.
Watch R. Kelly spill his soul on YouTube. Gauging from the video’s comments, his career might be a lost cause.