It's official: "Sex in the Kitchen" is R. Kelly's choice for the first single off his upcoming album. The record hit mixtapes a few weeks ago, and now his camp says the R. will be shooting a video soon.
"That record," Kelly's A&R rep, Wayne Williams, said, "when he was first writing it, I was like, 'Yo, man, that record is out of here. That is just a crazy record.' When he started performing it [on tour before it was released,] it just confirmed it. The impact it had was amazing" (see "Fertile Garden Sings R. Kelly's Hits For Him At New York Show").
"I think this album is a very sexy album," Williams said of Kelly's still-untitled LP. "It's a very sexy album. I tell you this: There is a song that is real explosive and it's hard to describe. It is going to be a surprise, but it is ... Oh my goodness, if you think 'Sex in the Kitchen' is amazing, wait till you hear this one. He's got a lot in store for this next album, baby. It's ridiculous."
Williams didn't give away too many other details about the project except that Kelly is working with "quite a few" artists from his hometown of Chicago as well as a couple of other rappers from different parts of the country. Williams also said Kelly's lawsuit drama with Jay-Z is having no effect on his work (see "Jay-Z Countersues R. Kelly Over What He Calls Their 'Nightmarish Odyssey' ").
"Robert is a very competitive person, he is very spirited in this effort," Williams explained. "Robert always give 150 percent. That is just how he is. He can't do anything half-assed. I think he always feels that he is giving 150 percent no matter when or what's going on. ... Robert does not get caught up in the media stuff like maybe consumers and other people do. Robert just keeps it moving."
Kelly has already moved on to his next two projects while finishing up the impending solo release. He's producing on the new album by Syleena Johnson and playing the role of executive producer on a forthcoming solo effort by Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band. Wilson is already six songs deep into his album, and besides collaborations with Kelly, he's going to be teaming up with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams.