R. Kelly Tells CRWN Tupac, Not Jay Z, Was Supposed To Make "The Best Of Both Worlds"

UPDATE: R. Kelly says that he and Tupac were supposed to collaborate on "The Best Of Both Worlds."

While most musicians have been known to record dozens of songs while crafting a studio album, Chicago crooner R. Kelly says he recorded nearly 400 songs while creating his most recent LP, Black Panties.

During his newly-released CRWN interview, the singer revealed that he recorded a total of 362 songs for Black Panties. He shared that number when asked why he chose to include his “Shut Up” track on the album. According to Kelly, “Shut Up” was a song he created shortly after being released from the hospital and was aimed directly at critics.

On the song, R. Kelly croons, “He's washed up, he's lost it, he ain't got it no more/Well I'm here to tell you today, boy you haters are so slow.”

He later revealed that when it came between “Shut Up” and another song, “Shut Up” was an easy choice for Black Panties.

“I did 362 songs for the Black Panties album,” said Kelly. “And it took me a long, long time. It took me about a month. Me, Wayne, and DeVyne Stephens got together and that was the hardest task of the whole project is breaking down what songs we were gonna do. And once we finally got to it it was between ‘Shutup’ and another song. And the reason I chose ‘Shutup’ is because my surgery and the whole thing I went through. The 30-something stitches, my throat. I had an abscess on my lung and everything from singing and straining and this, that, and the other, man. And then I started hearing all of the rumors about ‘He ain’t got it no more. Kells is old.’ Even some celebrities out there was talking shit. But it’s all good…Right after I got out of hospital after being in there for nine days I went in and that’s the first song that came out of my mouth was ‘Shutup.’ So, I said ‘This song gotta go on the album.’”

R. Kelly also commented on his musical relationship with fellow singer Lady Gaga, a relationship he says was a perfect match. Both Gaga and Kelly are featured on the songstress’ Artpop record “Do What U Want.”

“First of all, you know, I gotta keep it real,” he said. “Before I met her I felt like she was a sexy girl because she was—the things she would do onstage and how the dress up thing. She’s really into her style. She’s locked into her character. And she don’t give a damn about what nobody say about it. You know what I’m saying? So, I love her for that. Right off the bat. It’s weird, but sorta like with the Bulls when Dennis Rodman came to the Bulls he was just doing what he wanted to do. But he would get a million pounds for us. So, I was like ‘I love him.’ So, that’s the same attitude I had about Gaga. Then when I met her I felt like I met my match. You know, because she got balls. She don’t give a damn. She writes her music. She produces some of her music. She comes up with her own concepts. And I do the same thing. So, it was almost like a—it was a perfect match.”

Lastly, R. Kelly referred to Black Panties as an “explicit classic” and spoke on incorporating humor into his projects.

“But I think it’s explicit classic. You know, it’s sexual classy,” said the singer. “I think it’s an album that’s gon’ be around for a while. Just like 12 Play. It’s forever. You know what I’m saying? So, that’s what I’m expecting Black Panties to be. Just as long as women are gonna be wearing black panties, Black Panties will be around…I was always a house clown coming up. I would always make up songs and rhymes and stuff. And just have my family cracking up. My mom…And I would just joke a lot coming up. And when I got my music, my record deal, and I got musically inclined, and my gifts started to develop, I started incorporating that in there.”

Released on December 10, Black Panties serves as R. Kelly’s twelfth studio album. The album is expected to move close to 100,000 units in its first week.

CRWN x R. Kelly, Ep. 1: Black Panties, McDonald's and Lady Gaga from CRWN on Myspace.

(December 17)

UPDATE: The second part of the R. Kelly CRWN interview has been released.

In the new clip, R. Kelly discusses work with Jay Z and potentially working with Tupac on The Best Of Both Worlds.

The second interview clip is below.

CRWN x R. Kelly, Ep. 2: Jay Z, Tupac and ‘Trapped In The Closet’ from CRWN on Myspace.

RELATED: R. Kelly Says New "Trapped In The Closet" Material Coming In "A Couple Months"



  • max

    you don't no shit about kells, so stop hating. you will be grateful if you were a bit close to his success. remember its a gift and course so why are you running your dick lip? nothing ever made it right in your dirty eyes!!! "kells is still hard to defeat, the history he made, impossible to repeat" get outta ma way, haters!!!


    I am sure the hypocrites that are pointing fingers at RKelly had sex with underage boys and girls in school. The star players in high school even had sex with the first year cuties. These hypocrites that are now calling for RKellys head, refer to their underaged high school lovers as high school sweethearts. When i was 15 years old no one could stop me from having sex with whomever I want. It is my body and I think it is my constitutional right to have sex with a man instead of using my fingers or a vibrator. The desire for sex is natural and cannot be prevented because of the high hormonal content of the food we eat. There were girls in high school who had sex with boys their age and some preferred men that were twice their ages. This is there damn right to choose. These hypocrites fail to realize that these girls made conscious decisions to be with RKelly instead of fifteen year old boys and during the sex act appeared to be having a good time. They appeared to be comfortable in his company. Some fifteen year old boys are more vicious and brutal during the sex act and their penises are larger than RKellys. if these girls were having sex with rich fifteen year old guys in high school they probably would have ended up hurt too and much of what is happening to RKelly would not be happening to them.

  • Najas

    R. Kelly is a disgusting child rapist and belongs in prison. There's so much evidence people didn't even read: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/12/read_the_stomac.php

  • Level

    All you Lil Wayne/Jay Z dick pullers quit yapping your mouths. You guys were probably not old enough, when Pac was around. Pac was the best.

    • Anonymous

      pac seemed to be going more political twords the end of his work.. i would have believed kelly if he said he intended for biggie to be in best of both worlds but jay took his place

  • Anonymous

    r Kelly likes Oreo's mini's... for some strange reason he dips in lemonade

  • Anonymous

    R. Kelly was arrested for child porn on his computer so why does DX support him........

    • Anonymous

      he should have been blackballed from the industry years ago fucking creep "According to DeRogatis, there were numerous videotapes of what appeared to be R. Kelly having sexual intercourse with dozens of underaged girls. "

  • Anonymous

    Wish he would pee on me

  • joanni.kumrow

    I BUY ALMOST EVERYTHING EXCEPT FOOD AND CLOTHING FROM ONLINE AUCTIONS MOST PEOPLE ARENT AWARE OF THE ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE DEALS THAT THEY CAN GET FROM ONLINE AUCTION SITES THE SITE THAT HAS THE BEST DEALS IS http://saveblast.com I checked with the BBB and was told that it is all legit.How they can sell gift cards, laptops, cameras, and all kinds of goodies that we all want for 50-90% off, I dont know I do know that I bought my son an ipad there for less than $100 and my husband a $250 Low gift cards for 48Why would I even think about shopping anylace else? .

  • Anonymous

    This news is mad old, R. Kelly said this years ago

  • Anonymous

    Who cares, Pac is the most overrated rapper and contradicted rapper ever. Although matw was great.

  • Anonymous

    So manufactured radio music is called artpop now....interesting

  • Mortis

    Damn near 400 songs and that's the best 18 he could come up with?

  • Anonymous

    Why would you record 400 songs for an album that was going to flop?

  • Anonymous

    r kelly pisses jay z off

  • Nikki

    This is not new information, I first heard about how BOBW was originally supposed to be with Pac back in 2010, he also talked about it in his book. A lot of stuff from this interview was mentioned in his book. Good interview, but the one he did on Sirius XM was better imo.

  • Anonymous

    I don't believe u kellz

  • Nancy Erbe

    until I saw the bank draft that said $7264, I didn't believe ...that...my neighbours mother was like realie receiving money part time on their apple laptop.. there moms best frend started doing this 4 only about twenty one months and resently paid for the dept on their appartment and bought themselves a Ford Mustang. visit the site... www.Fb39.com its ultimately falls on parents/older siblings to censor what the youth have access too and consumers to decided what we'll allow to become popular

  • Anonymous

    good for you kelly.. you've been trying to make a r&b 50 shades of grey for years now

  • Drizzaveli

    Just proves if he had not died he would of been a washed up legend like NaS

  • Anonymous

    I wanna piss on you, yes I do piss on you, I'll pee on yooouuu! Your body, Your body, is a portapotty. drip drip drip.

  • jh

    he just doesn't like to brag. originally "best of both worlds" would be done with Elvis, produced by Mahatma Gandhi and there would have been some hooks by Jesus. you should feature Britney's new album on this site. she makes better pop music than this pedofile shitfucker

  • dentaldamboy

    Tupac was originally going to sign with Cash Money but then got gunned down on Jay Z's orders.

    • Made Men

      On Hov's order now you know all those lil niggas possing in from of the screen and your pc are not gangster Hov is.

  • Brandy Townsend

    just before I looked at the bank draft 4 $7331, I be certain ...that...my brother woz like they say trully erning money in their spare time online.. there friend brother started doing this for only seven months and by now paid the loans on their home and got themselves a Acura. visit here... www.Tec80.com Quit taking your own opinion so seriously, only thing Em fucked up are his internet props, something I'm sure he gives 0 fucks about

  • Chicago T

    I have no respect for this cat as a man, no doubt that he is a very talented artist, but because I cant respect him as a man, I cant fuck with him. I cant fuck with a grown man that targets little girls, thats a pedophile and predator. I am from Chicago and know first hand the damage that he has caused. Check out the article below to get up to speed if you don't already know the full story. http://blogs.villagevoice.com/music/2013/12/read_the_stomac.php

  • Anonymous

    My moms came back talking she fucked kels and he peed on her. Mayne I took one step back and went straight to her jaw. You stupid bish! I beat that bitch down mayne. Fuck outta here with that bullshit ya dig.

  • Anonymous

    I'm sure he considered Hello Kitty undies as a title.

  • Anonymous

    piss stained wet pantiess

  • Anonymous

    If R Kelly said Lady Gaga got balls he probably saw them.

  • Anonymous

    how many girls did he rape to make this album?

  • LOL

    LOLOL and he picked one of them with MIGOS on it! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaa

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