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R. Kelly

R&B producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter R. Kelly and his supporting band Public Announcement began recording in 1992 at the end of the new jack swing era, yet he was able to keep much of its sound alive while remaining commercially successful. While he created a smooth, professional mixture of hip-hop beats, soulman crooning, and funk, the most distinctive element of Kelly's music is its explicit carnality. He was able to make songs like "Sex Me," "Bump n' Grind," "Your Body's Callin'," and "Feelin' on Yo Booty" into hits because his production was seductive enough to sell such blatant come-ons. As his crossover success broadened, Kelly also developed a flair for pop balladry that helped cement his status as one of the biggest-selling male artists of the '90s and 2000s.

Kelly and Public Announcement released their debut album, Born into the 90's, at the beginning of 1992. It was an instant R&B smash, while earning a fair amount of pop airplay; "Honey Love" and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ)" were number one R&B hits, while "Dedicated" was his biggest pop hit at number 31. 12 Play, released in the fall of 1993, established Kelly as an R&B superstar, eventually selling over five million copies. The first single, "Sex Me, Pts. 1-2," went gold, and the second, "Bump n' Grind," hit number one on both the pop and R&B charts in 1994; it stayed on top of the R&B charts for an astonishing 12 weeks, while logging four weeks at number one on the pop charts. The follow-up, "Your Body's Callin'," was another gold single, peaking at number 13 pop.

Also in 1994, he produced Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, the hit debut album for then-15-year-old Detroit R&B singer Aaliyah. Late in the year, it was revealed that Kelly and Aaliyah had wed in August and gotten an annulment shortly thereafter. The news sparked a small storm of controversy in the media, yet it didn't hurt the careers of either singer. Kelly next wrote and co-produced "You Are Not Alone," the second single from Michael Jackson's HIStory album, which was released in the summer of 1995. Later that year, Kelly released a self-titled album that became his first to top the pop charts. R. Kelly sold four million copies and produced three platinum singles -- "You Remind Me of Something," "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)," and "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)" -- all of which hit number one R&B and reached the pop Top Ten.

Kelly truly consolidated his crossover success with the 1996 single "I Believe I Can Fly," which he recorded for the Michael Jordan movie Space Jam. Transcending Kelly's prior sexed-up image, the song reached number two on the pop charts and won Grammy Awards for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, Best R&B Song, and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television. Kelly remained in the public eye in 1997 with another Top Ten soundtrack tune, Batman & Robin's "Gotham City."

The ambitious two-disc R. followed in 1998, and even though it downplayed the explicit loverman routine that had made him a star, it became Kelly's biggest-selling album yet, going platinum seven times over. Its first single, a duet with Celine Dion titled "I'm Your Angel," became Kelly's second number one pop hit with a six-week run on top. Even though subsequent singles "When a Woman's Fed Up" and "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" were more successful on the R&B charts, Kelly was well on his way to landing more Top 40 hits in the '90s than any other male solo artist, and notched another with his guest appearance on Puff Daddy's R&B chart-topper "Satisfy You." Moving his blockbuster success into a new decade, Kelly returned in 2000 with TP-2.com, which spent three weeks at number one on the album charts and scaled back the ambition of R. to return to familiar lyrical themes. He scored two more R&B number ones with "I Wish" and "Fiesta" (the latter featuring guest Jay-Z), and had further hits with "Feelin' on Yo Booty" and "The World's Greatest," the latter from the soundtrack of the Will Smith film Ali.

In the wake of "Fiesta," Kelly and Jay-Z teamed up to record an entire album together. The Best of Both Worlds was heavily hyped and even more heavily bootlegged, but problems of a much more serious nature arose in February 2002, when The Chicago Sun-Times reported that it had been given a videotape showing Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl. When the scandal broke, other reports surfaced that Kelly had settled a civil suit in 1998 involving a sexual relationship with a then-underage girl, and that he was in the process of settling another suit brought by an Epic Records intern making similar allegations. Copies of the tape in question were sold as bootlegs and on the Internet, and while there was some question as to whether the man was really Kelly, and whether the girl really was underage, Kelly's past history seemed to lend credence to the charge. Some radio stations dropped him from their playlists, and anti-Kelly protests were staged in Chicago. Meanwhile, The Best of Both Worlds entered the charts at number two, but sold disappointingly; some blamed the scandal, others the extensive pre-release bootlegging, although the generally unfavorable reviews suggested that the record's overall quality might also have been to blame.

Following the initial sex-tape scandal, Kelly was dogged by numerous civil suits, including one from a girl who alleged that during her relationship with Kelly (which occurred while she was underage), she had become pregnant and gotten an abortion at the singer's urging. A variety of other sex videos purporting to feature Kelly appeared as bootlegs, and a onetime Kelly protégée, a singer called Sparkle, stepped forward to identify the girl on the original tape as her then-14-year-old niece. In June, Chicago police officially charged Kelly with 21 counts of child pornography-related offenses, all related to the original tape. Kelly pleaded not guilty and released a new song, "Heaven, I Need a Hug," which got extensive airplay for a brief period.

Meanwhile, work on his next album, Loveland, stalled amid more heavy bootlegging. Kelly eventually scrapped some of the most pirated tracks, recorded some new songs, and reassembled the album as Chocolate Factory (which was slated to include a bonus disc with some of the deleted material). Released in advance of the album, lead single "Ignition" shot to number one on the R&B charts in late 2002. Chocolate Factory itself was released in early 2003, and was followed in 2004 by Happy People/U Saved Me. Surprisingly, despite reports of a feud with Jay-Z, another album was released from The Best of Both Worlds sessions later in 2004.

Weeks before the scheduled start date of his child pornography trial in 2005, TP.3 Reloaded was released, featuring the first five chapters of his soapy "Trapped in the Closet" saga. The relatively uneventful eighth and ninth studio albums Double Up (2007) and Untitled (2009) followed. In the meantime, the much-delayed trial finally took place (in 2008) and Kelly walked free, having been found not guilty on all counts. In 2010, Kelly's activity included Epic -- a European release combining some of his widescreen hits with a handful of new "inspirational" songs, including "Sign of a Victory," the anthem he recorded for the opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The second release was the worldwide studio album Love Letter, a classy and retro-minded affair issued only a couple months later.

After undergoing emergency throat surgery in July 2011, Kelly returned in June of 2012 with a memoir written with David Ritz -- Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me -- as well as Write Me Back, his 12th studio album. Just over a year later, he had another new album ready to go. Black Panties, released in December 2013, saw him ditch the retro inspirations of Love Letter and Write Me Back for an update of his sexually explicit contemporary mode. The Buffet, issued two years later, became his tenth number one R&B album. His first holiday release, 12 Nights of Christmas, followed in 2016. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Black Panties (Deluxe Version) (Explicit)

2. Cookie

3. Throw This Money On You

4. Prelude

6. You Deserve Better

7. Genius

10. Right Back

12. Crazy Sex

13. Shut Up

16. Physical

17. Every Position

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Track List: Write Me Back

1. Love Is

2. Feelin' Single

3. Lady Sunday

4. When A Man Lies

5. Clipped Wings

6. Believe That It's So

7. Fool For You

8. All Rounds On Me

9. Believe In Me

10. Green Light

11. Party Jumpin'

12. Share My Love

13. Beautiful In This Mirror

14. You Are My World

15. Fallin' From The Sky

16. One Step Closer

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Track List: Love Letter

1. Love Letter Prelude

2. Love Letter

3. Number One Hit

4. Not Feelin' The Love

5. Lost In Your Love

6. Just Can't Get Enough

7. Taxi Cab

8. Radio Message

9. When A Woman Loves

10. Love Is

11. Just Like That

12. Music Must Be A Lady

13. A Love Letter Christmas

14. How Do I Tell Her

15. Data_track

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Track List: Untitled (Explicit)

2. Exit

3. Echo

4. Bangin' The Headboard

5. Go Low

6. Whole Lotta Kisses

7. Like I Do

9. I Love The Dj

11. Be My #2

12. Text Me

13. Religious

14. Elsewhere

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Track List: Double Up

1. The Champ

2. Double Up

3. Tryin' To Get A Number

4. Get Dirty

5. Leave Your Name

6. Freaky In The Club

7. The Zoo

8. I'm A Flirt (Remix)

9. Same Girl

10. Real Talk

11. Hook It Up

12. Rock Star

13. Best Friend

14. Rollin'

15. Sweet Tooth

16. Havin' A Baby

17. Sex Planet

18. Rise Up

20. Ringtone

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Track List: Remix City, Volume 1

1. Public Announcement Slow Dance (Hey Mr. DJ) (Singin' Mix)

2. Sex Me Pt. 2 (Extended Street Version)

3. Bump N' Grind (Old School Mix)

4. Your Body's Callin' (His & Hers Extended Mix)

5. I Can't Sleep Baby (If I) (Remix Radio Version)

6. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) (Live To Regret It Mix)

7. I Wish (Remix) (To The Homies That We Lost)

8. Feelin' On Yo Booty (Hypnosis Mix)

9. I Mean (I Don't Mean It)

10. Ignition (Remix)

11. Step In The Name Of Love (Remix)

12. Slow Wind (Feat. Sean Paul And Akon) (Remix)

13. Burn It Up (Feat. Fat Joe, Wisin & Yandel) (Remix)

14. Feelin' On Yo Booty (Feat. YoungBloodZ) (Dirty South Mix)

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Track List: TP.3 Reloaded

Disc 1

1. Playas Only (Feat. The Game)

2. Happy Summertime (Feat. Snoop Dogg)

3. In The Kitchen

4. Slow Wind

5. Put My T-Shirt On

6. Remote Control

7. Kickin' It With Your Girlfrien

8. Reggae Bump Bump (Feat. Eleph

9. Touchin' (Feat. Nivea)

10. Girls Go Crazy (Feat. Birdman)

11. Hit It Till The Morning (Feat. Twista & Do Or Die)

12. Sex Weed

13. (Sex) Love Is What We Making

14. Burn It Up (Feat. Wisin & Yandel)

15. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 1

16. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 2

17. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 3

18. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 4

19. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 5

Disc 2
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Track List: In The Kitchen / Trapped In The Closet (Chapter 1 of 5)

1. In The Kitchen

2. Trapped In The Closet Chapter 1

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Track List: Happy People / U Saved Me

Disc 1

1. Weatherman

2. Red Carpet (Pause, Flash)

3. Love Signals

4. Love Street

5. Ladies' Night (Treat Her Like Heaven)

6. If

7. The Greatest Show On Earth

8. It's Your Birthday

9. Steppin Into Heaven

10. If I Could Make The World Dance

11. Happy People

Disc 2

1. 3-Way Phone Call (feat. Kelly Price, Kim Burrell & Maurice Mahon)

2. U Saved Me

3. Prayer Changes

4. How Did You Manage

5. I Surrender

6. When I Think About You

7. Diary Of Me

8. Spirit

9. Leap Of Faith

10. Peace

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Track List: The R. In R&B Collection: Volume 1

Disc 1

1. Bump N' Grind

2. Your Body's Callin'

4. You Remind Me Of Something

5. Ignition (Remix)

6. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)

7. When A Woman's Fed Up

8. Step In The Name Of Love (Remix)

9. Thoia Thoing

10. Touched A Dream

12. I Wish

14. Honey Love

15. She's Got That Vibe

16. The World's Greatest

17. I'm Your Angel

18. I Believe I Can Fly

Disc 2

4. Gotham City (Remix)

5. If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time

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Track List: Soldier's Heart

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Track List: TP-2.com

1. TP-2

2. Strip For You

3. R&B Thug

4. The Greatest Sex

5. I Don't Mean It

6. Just Like That

7. Like A Real Freak

8. Fiesta

9. Don't You Say No

10. The Real R. Kelly

11. One Me

12. I Wish

13. A Woman's Threat

14. I Decided

15. I Mean (I Don't Mean It)

16. I Wish (Remix) (To The Homies That We Lost)

17. All I Realy Want

18. Feelin' On Yo Booty

19. The Storm Is Over Now

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Track List: R

Disc 1

1. Home Alone

2. Spendin' Money

3. If I'm Wit You

4. Half On A Baby

5. When A Woman's Fed Up

6. Get Up On A Room

7. One Man

8. We Ride

9. The Opera

10. The Interview (Feat. Suzanne LeMignot)

11. Only The Loot Can Make Me Happy

12. Don't Put Me Out

13. Suicide

14. Etcetera

15. If I Could Turn Back The Hands Of Time

16. What I Feel / Issues

Disc 2

1. The Chase

2. V.I.P.

3. Did You Ever Think

4. Dollar Bill (Feat. Foxy Brown)

5. Reality

6. 2nd Kelly

7. Ghetto Queen (Feat. Crucial Conflict)

8. Down Low Double Life

9. Looking For Love

10. Dancing With A Rich Man

11. I'm Your Angel (Feat. Celine Dion)

12. Money Makes The World Go Round (Feat. NAS)

13. I Believe I Can Fly

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Track List: 12 Play

1. Your Body's Callin'

2. Bump N' Grind

3. Homie, Lover, Friend

4. It Seems Like You're Ready

5. Freak Dat Body

6. I Like The Croutch On You

7. Summer Bunnies

8. For You

9. Back To The Hood Of Things

10. Sadie

11. Sex Me Pt 1 & 2

12. 12 Play

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Track List: Backyard Party (Single)

1. Backyard Party

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Track List: Cookie (Single)

2. Cookie

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Track List: Feelin' Single (Single)

1. Feelin' Single

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Track List: Genius (Single)

1. Genius

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Track List: I'm A Flirt [Explicit Version] [Radio Single]

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Track List: My Story (Single)

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Track List: Sign Of A Victory (Radio Single)

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Track List: Supaman High (Radio Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Switch Up (Single) (Explicit)

1. Switch Up (Feat. Lil Wayne & Jeremih)

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Track List: The Buffet (Deluxe Version) (Explicit)

1. The Poem

2. Poetic Sex

3. Anything Goes (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)

4. Let's Make Some Noise (Feat. Jhené Aiko)

5. Marching Band (Feat. Juicy J)

6. Switch Up (Feat. Lil Wayne & Jeremih)

7. Wanna Be There (Feat. Ariirayé)

8. All My Fault

9. Wake Up Everybody

10. Get Out Of Here With Me

11. Backyard Party

12. Sextime

13. Let's Be Real Now (Feat. Tinashe)

14. I Just Want To Thank You

15. Keep Searchin'

16. Sufferin'

17. I Tried

18. Barely Breathin'

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Track List: The Essential R. Kelly

2. Honey Love

7. You Remind Me Of Something

8. Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)

12. Gotham City (Remix)

17. I'm Your Angel

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Track List: When A Woman Loves (Radio Single)

1. When A Woman Loves

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Nice
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What a great R&B song!
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I Love U
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I Logan I 18 year old i am single
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Cause this is gonna last #FOREVER & #EVER ..
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Happy People where u @
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love your music
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Love your music Stop sleepn with little Girl's Boy
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Did you Step In the Name of Love for your birthday R Kelly
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Happy Birthday Mr. Kelly!
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Happy birthday Mr. Kelly. GOD has really been good to you so baby use that gift he gave you smile:-)... many more
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Happy Birthday ���� R. kelly
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Happy birthday kellz!! Much love forever <3
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I will always love me some r kelly happy bday baby
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY R. KELLY AND TO ME. CAPRICORNS IN THE HOUSE!!! ♦♦♦♦♦
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R. KELLY AND MY B-DAY WEEKEND AND OTHER FELLOW CAPS ♦♦♦♦♦
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WHY'D YOU PISS ON HER!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
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R- is right - K- Kelly - C- Chicago . So talent- he must be from the "CHI"!
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Good song
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Love this slow jam back in the day still do
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4 MORE DAYS TIL R. KELLY AND MY B-DAY ������
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if your lonely
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check my profile chocolate is my FAV !!!!!
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My boo song
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R Kelly, King got a birthday January 8
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CAPRICORN SEASON ������♦�����
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I �� this song.����
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I love your song
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Pedophile more than once.aaliyah 15.till her dad got on a plane. One day he's gonna be somebody's baby allright.he' s gonna be bubba baby .in JAIL
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I love this song, I am single so I can! Love you R.Kelly!
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Yes
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This will always be one of my top 5 slow jamz songs that I love #GiveMeThatS w e e t S w e e t L u v #HoneyLove
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Take it to your room and f**k somebody
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop reading this is freaky! But if you read this and ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this on 10 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually work
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I love me some R Kelly!����
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started this don't stop but if you read this and ignore them you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 minutes. When your done push the space button and your crushes name will appear in big letters on this screen this is so freaky it actually works
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bust your back open like a lobsta #i like that mmmm like an oreo
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my favorite strong male voice
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I'm like so what I'm drunk, it's the freaking weekend I'm about to have me some fun, Kells!
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My song here
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Still a hit 2016
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My jam back in the day still is
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Running her hands thru my frooooo!!!
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Kelly keep on singing ly
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Best artist never singing his voice inside hearts lol u he can dance that song for us
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So we just gone act like Kells didn't steal Aaron Hall's sound and ran with it .��������
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Wool wow
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Rihanna Work for you to know if you are going into the perry. The
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I hope none of you have kids... horrible people... he should rot in jail
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