Kirk Franklin On R. Kelly's Early-Morning Recording Face

Kirk Franklin, the man "Vibe" magazine credited with putting the "go" back in gospel music, will make a divine debut on the "Billboard" album charts next week with his new record, "The Nu Nation Project."

The genre-crossing album features cameos from such musicians as Mary J. Blige, Bono and self-proclaimed "King of R&B," R. Kelly.

Franklin talked with MTV News about traveling to Chicago to lay down Kelly's vocal parts for "Lean on Me."

[article id="1444310"]"We flew to Chicago to record Rob Kelly,"[/article] Franklin said, [article id="1444310"]"and we flew into Chicago and got in around 6 in the evening, but we didn't record him until 6 in the morning. It was like mad crazy. To wake up at 6 and go, 'OK, [R. Kelly is] ready for everybody to pack up and go to the studio.' His breath was stinkin', he had the eye boogers and all that. But it was a blessing. The man is truly gifted from heaven." [28.8 RealVideo][/article]

Both Blige and Bono

also turn up on "Lean On Me," the first single from the "Nu Nation Project."

Franklin plans to head out on the touring highway to heaven with God's Property sometime next year.