R. Kelly's prodigious musical output isn't going to be contained to just this year. The pied piper of R&B, who just released a greatest-hits album, already has two discs on tap for early next year.
Kelly told audiences who attended his summer tour (see "Fertile Garden Sings R. Kelly's Hits For Him At New York Show") about a solo LP he's been working on, but what he didn't disclose is that he's also been in the lab birthing tracks for a sequel of sorts to The Best of Both Worlds, his album with Jay-Z. This time around, though, Kells has partnered up with the co-CEO of Cash Money Records, Baby.
"Me and Kelly are almost finished," Baby said recently of the tentatively titled Best of Both Worlds 2. "It's kind of a combination with both [singing and rapping]. Dude is doing his thing, I'm doing my thing with it. We worked together on every song, so me and his ideas came together so big it's just gonna be one of them kind of albums. [Mannie] Fresh [produced] some songs on there."
Baby also said that he and Kelly finally have a finished script for their movie, "Eye Contact," and plan to start shooting this month (see "Baby, R. Kelly Become Foes After Move From Miami To Chicago"). Next year, the Birdman wants to take his Cash Money family on a tour with the R.
Rap's numero uno stunner certainly has enough to sink his million-dollar teeth into in the interim. Among Baby's other group duties, he and Mannie Fresh are putting out their Big Money Heavyweights on November 11 and have just released their lead cut, "This Is How We Do."
"It's a universal song letting them know how we get down, how we do in our town," Baby explained. "We be up all night partying till the sun comes up. Everybody's in the video. Juvenile came, [Lil' Wayne], Turk."
"It's been in effect," Baby added about the reunion of three-fourths of the Hot Boys (B.G. still says he's not messing with Cash Money). "We've been talking. We've been in the studio, too. To everybody else it's something new, but it's a normal feeling for us."
In addition to scoring R. Kelly and the Cash Money Millionaires for the disc, the Big Tymers also went to Jamaica to record with Beenie Man.
You can currently get another dose of what Kelly and Baby sound like together (the two appeared on the remix of Ginuwine's "Hell Yeah" earlier this year) on a remix of Kelly's "Thoia Thoing" that has hit the mixtapes and some radio stations. On the remix, which also features Busta Rhymes, Kelly actually raps, telling the world his definition of the crazy song title.