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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.
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