Trapped in the Closet is a "hip-hopera" from R. Kelly, the first songs/videos of which were released in 2005. Dozens of further installments ("chapters") have been released since. The songs tell the story of Sylvester (played in the music videos by R. Kelly himself) and the crazy characters he encounters as a result of a one-night stand.It's become a cult classic, generally regarded as So Bad, It's Good. It's very clear from interviews that R. Kelly takes it perfectly seriously.In October of 2012, R. Kelly started the continuation of Trapped In the Closet.
He walks up the to trope list! He just looks at the trope list! Stares real hard at the trope list! Maybe edits the trope list!:
Chekhov's Gunman: There are no minor characters. Even the characters who at first seem only to exist for a single scene turn out to be sleeping with or have a history with the main characters.
Closet Shuffle: In the first episode, hence the title. It happens several more times: once with a closet again (Randolph), once with a kitchen cabinet (Big Man), and once with the Narrator narrating from a closet for no apparent reason. These reoccurrences are presumably to avoid an Artifact Title situation.
Lemony Narrator: But in a humorously poorly done way. So much that eventually, after narrating in first person for several chapters, Sylvester abruptly starts referring to himself in the third person from then on.
He doesn't even start at any particular point. Take Chapter 11, where he switches between "Sylvester" and "I" almost every other line.
What's more, in the first chapter, he refers to Gwen in the second person, which is forgotten when she appears in the third.
Pimp Duds: Partially averted. While Pimp Lucius does dress well, in a pastel suit and Homburg hat and some bling, his attire is no where near gaudy or outrageous, and his cane is a nondescript derby cane.
Plot Hole: How did Gwendolyn know which police officer had stopped Sylvester, or that he had even been stopped at all?