Thursday, November 8, 2012
4 strange facts about R. Kelly before his show in DFW
Did you know R.Kelly signed a contract to play minor league basketball?
On the coattails of the release of the 23rd and final chapter of his Trapped In The Closet hip hopera last month – which has been parodied by South Park and “Weird Al” Yankovic – R.Kelly is making a scheduled stop at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Thursday night in support of The Single Ladies Tour. His music is full of innuendos that would make your mama blush, but there is no denying how catchy the king of the bedroom bump ‘n’ grind can be.
In honor of his arrival, we have compiled a list full of his shocking (or not so shocking) past.
1. Other than his love of using parentheses in song titles like “I Can’t Sleep (Baby If I)” and “Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)”, R.Kelly apparently loves the ladies – young ones. In 1993 when Kelly was assisting in the recording of Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, the two quickly formed a relationship which eventually led to marriage – an illegal marriage because Aaliyah was just 15 at the time. The nuptials were annulled by her parents, according to MTV, on the grounds that she had lied on the marriage certificate about her age, but the damage was done. Aaliyah denied that the two were ever husband and wife.
2. An accomplished songwriter, producer, and remixer, Kelly has written and produced tracks for Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Britney Spears, and Janet Jackson, to name a few. But the biggest surprise has to be that Kelly wrote, produced, and composed Michael Jackson’s 1995 hit “You Are Not Alone.” Kelly even received two Grammy nominations for his work with Jackson. Too bad he had nothing to do with the awkward music video that Jackson released for the single.
3. In June 2002, Kelly was indicted on 21 counts of engaging in sex with a minor, after a video surfaced with him and another woman. The charges were later brought down to soliciting a minor for child pornography, seven counts of recording the acts, and seven counts of producing child pornography. Kelly was eventually found not guilty of all counts, as the "identity of the girl was not conclusive," the New York Times reported.
4. In 1997, Kelly signed a contract to play professional minor league basketball with the Atlantic City Seagulls in the United States Basketball League as a shooting guard. In order for Kelly to play with the team, he had to have it in his contract that he could be able to leave the team for any given amount of time if his talents were requested to write songs for other artists. The owner of the team at the time told E!, “He’s an excellent player in tremendous physical condition ... He’s right on the edge of the NBA.” Sadly, he was no Michael Jordan and did not live up to his basketball anthem “I Believe I Can Fly.”
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