Thursday, September 18, 2008

The last days of 12 Play

Fifteen years ago, around this time of year, R Kelly released "12 Play" and I pretty much lost my mind.

I was mesmerized by the "Bump N' Grind" dancers (who wore the miner helmets with lights on them in the video). My football uniform number as a high school senior was No. 12. The first e-mail address I ever had - a year later - was

To this day, my e-mail address has the number 12 in it. If and when I walk down the aisle, "Homie Lover Friend" (UPDATE: the remix from "A Low Down Dirty Shame" soundtrack, of course) might be the song that accompanies the wedding march. Maybe it's a coincidence, but I wear a size 12 shoe.

But, at some point, I had to face facts: R Kelly is something of a creep. Evidence?

When asked if he liked teenage girls, Kelly replied: "When you say teenage, how — how old are we talkin' ... 19?"

"I have some 19-year-old friends," he added. "But I don't like anybody illegal, if that's what we're talking about, underage."

(Sigh). But it's not like we weren't warned, a looooong time ago. On that same wonderful "12 Play" album, he did - presumably with a lecherous grin - include a song titled "I Like The Crotch On You." Could he have been anymore straight-forward?

So, R, much like O.J. before you, I'm officially giving up my long-standing defense of you and your, uh, eccentricities. It's time to put "12 Play" to bed. So to speak.


K & B said...

Don't forget his other clues of "Seems Like Your Ready" and his production of Aaliyah's "Age Ain't Nuthin' But a Number" Yikes!!! If those don't scream pedifile I don't know what does.

Camille said...

I read that quote yesterday, and I was like, WHAT? It's sad that he's a musical genius and a pedophile, all wrapped in one.

blackink said...

Yeah, "Age Ain't Nuthin But a Number" was a serious warning shot. I hate that he ruined poor lil' Aaliyah, yet another one of my teenage crushes, at such a young age.

And, yeah, Camille, R. Kelly is just another one of those tortured souls who knows how to make serious baby-making music. For whatever reason, I can't imagine him making it to 60.

avery said...

y'all got that dude. i never liked that dude. not since public announcement and "honey love." just thought he was corny or somethin. all that notwithstanding, if there was 24/7 media coverage back in the day, marvin woulda been...*smh*

you know the story behind 'let's get it on?'

blackink said...

Wait a minute ... I really don't know the story behind "Let's Get it On."

You might have to share that one with the class, Avery. I'm really curious.

But I understand where you're coming from: R can be hit or miss sometimes. However, something about "12 Play" and "Fiesta remix" and "Thoia Thoing" just speak to me.