Robert Sylvester Kelly (or "Kells") (Born January 8, 1967) is a Chicago-born legendary R&B, Hip-Hop and Gospel musician, active since 1989. Known for, among other things, the song "I Believe I Can Fly" on the Space Jam
soundtrack and being the most successful R&B male artist of the Nineties
. With talent and style (including impeccable white suits), he earned his name in the genre.
Then the twenty-first century hit, and he became known for a couple other things. One of these was an ambitious, if odd
, musical effort, the "Hip-Hopera
" known as "Trapped In The Closet
". The other was his court case for allegedly engaging in urine-based sexual activity with a minor. This case ran near simultaneously with allegations aimed at Michael Jackson
, prompting some comparisons. However, Kelly was found not guilty of all charges, though some people don't remember that part.
While still a success, his reputation hasn't quite been the same.
Tropes present in R. Kelly's work
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