I just never, in my career, got into doing a lot of press.
There was a time I desperately needed for the world to know that I was no category guy. My whole goal in life was to reach that certain success where people will say, 'Hey, that guy can do anything. He's the Evel Knievel of music. He's jumping over 15 buses!'
I started learning everybody's riffs, from Donny Hathaway to Jeffrey Osborne to James Ingram. That helped me create my own style of singing.
If you're gonna tell your life story, you gotta be honest, or don't do it. R. K
I'm in love with music, and I'm pregnant by it. It's like having twins. Or triplets. Or eight-lets! R. K
I did 'Love Letter' and 'Write Me Back,' and those were fun albums for me to do because they took me back to music I love.
You are the world's greatest, when you say you are.
R. Kelly is an image, a brand. That's my job. There's a whole other side of me that's Robert, who is a father, a friend. But then I put on the game face and go into the studio and do the music. That's just another day at the office.
I walk around every day with a radio playing constantly in my head, and this radio station plays a lot of hits. But it's all my songs, so that's something to be excited about 24 hours a day.
My friend, there is no end when it comes to 'Trapped In The Closet.'
I look at my music in the beginning, and the sexual songs, the partying songs, those are the realities because those things happen.
I have three lovely, lovely kids that I am in love with and that's in love with me.
All the sounds on 'Trapped in the Closet' - the knockin' on the door, when I grab the keys, when I walk down the stairs, the car horns - we sampled all of those things around my house.
If I'm going to be a leader then I have to go places that other people are afraid to go to. That's what makes a leader. To be not afraid to step out and go over the frontline. To stare darkness right in the face.
I've been blackmailed a billion times. I've been sued for ridiculous things. At one point in my life, I was an ATM machine. But I'm used to that. You don't get used to it, but I'm used to the fact that people will do this, even your own family members, and I don't hate none of them.
I went from a D all the way to an A plus, I tell you prayer changes things.
You save money so your kids can go to college - no matter what they are or who they are. They're your kids; you gotta support them.
'Love Letter' is a concept album, and whenever I do a concept album - and I love doing concept albums more than any other kind of album - it allows me to get dressed, in a way, musically.
I want people to notice my writing abilities are real and that I'm not just stuck in one situation.
If there's no fire, there's no scream. If there's no scream, then no one hears you and no one comes to help you in the first place. The depth of my struggle has definitely determined the height of my success. To be able to teach my kids not just about success but about the struggle that comes with i
I want to be able to be a father to my kids, where I've never seen my father, but my kids can see me whenever they want, so that was broken.
Before I can finish one song, another is knocking on my door in my head.
I have Marvin Gaye's driver's license. His wife sent it to me, because she really loved my 'Happy People' record. She said that she thought it represented the sprit of her husband. The license is from California. I get inspired every time I look at it.
When I first came in the business, I had a couple of close calls on planes going to London for shows. There was one time where the plane had to fly around until a storm ended, and then we started having a question about fuel, so we had to go through the storm. It was the worst thing that ever happen
I will always do R. Kelly - I'm not perfect, but I'm perfectly me.
'Trapped in the Closet' is pretty much forever. I've got a leash on this thing now. I'm going to walk it.
Everywhere I go, from malls to restaurants to sold-out tours overseas and back, everywhere I've been, I get nothing but love.
Injustice anywhere is an injustice anywhere
I love the smell of a theater. The old rooms and the carpet and all that stuff. I love to tell stories. Even before I was doing music, I saw myself as a director. So most of my songs come in a play form, you know, where there are characters and stories, so I like to go beyond just the song sometimes
Being single has its ups and downs, and being in a relationship has its ups and downs. It depends on how you balance it and how you handle your problems within your relationship.