R. Kelly Wasn’t the First to Write a Multi-Album R&B Soap Opera Love Triangle

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Every Wednesday, Douglas Wolk explores the people, places and coincidences that tie disparate musicians together. 

R Kelly’s album Write Me Back was released this week–his eleventh studio album, and first since his 2011 throat surgery. It’s a sequel to his 2010 album Love Letter, and a follow-up to that record’s old-school soul aesthetic. Here’s its first single, “Share My Love.”

Write Me Back isn’t the first time Kelly has released a sequel to an earlier album. His 1993 debut 12 Play was followed by 2000’s TP-2.com and 2005’s TP.3 Reloaded, the latter of which introduced his epic “Trapped in the Closet” serial. (There are 22 chapters of it already, and there will apparently soon be more.) Let’s just take a moment to recall the first chapter, shall we?

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