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Chocolate Factory
     

Chocolate Factory

4.7 36
by R. Kelly
 

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With the relatively libido-light Chocolate Factory, the sex scandal–beleaguered R. Kelly is obviously trying to woo back his predominantly female fan base. Given that the disc debuted at No. 1, it appears that his sugar-and-spice ploy has worked. Although allegations that Kelly had sex with underage girls still loom over the gifted-yet-troubled singer's

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With the relatively libido-light Chocolate Factory, the sex scandal–beleaguered R. Kelly is obviously trying to woo back his predominantly female fan base. Given that the disc debuted at No. 1, it appears that his sugar-and-spice ploy has worked. Although allegations that Kelly had sex with underage girls still loom over the gifted-yet-troubled singer's head, on Chocolate Factory, he certainly redeems himself as an artist. Unlike his previous discs -- most notably the booty call–driven 12 Play and its lascivious sequel, TP2.com --Chocolate Factory finds Kelly waxing poetic about the beauty, patience, and virtue of women. There's the earnest "Heart of a Woman," which he dedicates "to all of the ladies from all of the men, simply because y'all go through so much," and the melodic tribute to his wife, "Forever More." Vocally, Kelly has also matured. On the sparse, percussive groove "You Knock Me Out," the self-proclaimed "pied piper of R&B" sounds like a modern-day Marvin Gaye, and the bluesy "You Made Me Love You," is obviously Al Green inspired. What R. Kelly record, however, would be complete without some naughty to balance the nice? In the tradition of "You Remind Me of Something," on "Ignition" he once again likens the feminine anatomy to automotive parts, and Kelly and Ronald "Mr. Biggs" Isley continue their lyrical rivalry on the testosterone-fueled "Showdown." While Chocolate Factory is arguably the Chicago native's finest album to date, until Kelly reconciles his personal issues, the success is bittersweet.

Editorial Reviews

Rolling Stone - Anthony DeCurtis
The singer has backed off some of his porn-fantasy corniness and eased into a confident, soulful groove that runs consistently through the album and its equally appealing six-song bonus CD, Loveland.
Vibe - Keith Murphy
Chocolate Factory -- which also features unreleased tracks from Kelly's widely bootlegged Loveland project -- is the singer's most mature work to date. Regardless of his extracurricular activities, no one would deny the man's stature as a first-rate singer, songwriter, and producer.
Daily News
Unlike past discs, Kelly has traded his signature boom-boom lyrics for less suggestive, more romantic pledges of devotion. This album's lyric turn-around, exquisite production and old-school soul aesthetic are just what the spin doctors ordered to patch up Kelly's wounded reputation. Dan Aquilante

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0012414181220
catalogNumber:
41812
Rank:
21093

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist
Yvonne Gage   Choir, Chorus
Percy Bady   Keyboards
Donnie Lyle   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Mando
Jeffrey Morrow   Choir, Chorus
Paul Riser   Conductor
Johnny Rutledge   Choir, Chorus
Stevie Robinson   Choir, Chorus
Joan Collaso   Choir, Chorus
Carl Robinson   Horn Engineer
Kendall D. Nesbitt   Keyboards
Greg Landfair   Guitar
Kim Johnson   Background Vocals
Paul Mabin   Choir, Chorus
Simbryt Whititngton   Choir, Chorus
Rodney East   Keyboards
Deatta Staples   Background Vocals
Henry Love   Conga
Hart Hollman & The Motown Romance Orchestra   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

Soul Children   Contributor
R. Kelly   Arranger,Producer
Joe Donatello   Programming,Engineer
Paul Riser   Orchestration,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Horn Conductor,String Conductor
Walt Whitman & the Soul Children   Contributor
Jackie Murphy   Art Direction
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Andy Gallas   Programming,Engineer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Kara Buhl   Producer,Photo Production

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Chocolate Factory 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
r.kelly I don't give a you know what ifyou have sex with all these li grown girls cause they just wanna get a nigga set up have sex with all of them if they give it to you dog 4 sho Iam your fan angel b.k.a. fat str-8 represnting belle glade fla a.k.a. da muck home of da glade central raiders
Guest More than 1 year ago
Amazing,just as good as his CD R. if not better
Guest More than 1 year ago
I HAD LISTENED TO SEVARAL R KELLYS ALBUM BUT THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY DO IT FOR ME. IT IS THE BEST THING THAT HAD EVER HAPPEN TO ME.KEEP IT UP MAN YOU ARE A STAR
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.Kelly needs love, anyway, he made a fantastic soul record of 2003!!!! I love this CD and his talent kept him at his true fans and I will always love this CD!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Talented....If R. was born before Marvin, Stevie and Prince, They would have look to him for inspiration. The R. is no doubt the Greatest:song writer,composer,and artist.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One thing to say about the album and R. Kelly himself CREATIVE! Just as good as his other albums. You must borrow, buy it whatever just listen to it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In think this shows the apologetic side of Kelly.I love the Imagine That track, it is a serious baby-making song.Even though the album is not better than TP-2.com, I recommend a one month rotation in the stereo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS ABLUM IS ONE OF HIS BEST WORKS BY FAR ITS DIFFERENT FROM HIS LAST BUT NOT IN A BAD WAY BECAUSE THOSE WERE GREAT AS WELL, BUT THIS ONE TAKES THE CAKE BECAUSE HE SHOWS THAT HE CAN DO MORE THAN JUST SING ABOUT BUMPING AND GRINDING. I HOPE HE CONTINUES TO MAKE GREAT MUSIC FROM HERE ON OUT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
once again rkelly did his thing this chocolate factory is one of his best works and i believe that there is more good things to come from him . with this cd he showed his sensitive side and i was really feeling that Keep up the good work kelly.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THE WAY THAT THIS MAN SINGS ABOUT THE WOMEN IN THIS WORLD. I WOULD LIKE TO MEET R.KELLY IN PERSON AT MY HOUSE. I THINK THAT HIS SONGS R VERY SPECIAL TO ME. SO BACK OFF ALL YOU OTHER CHICKS OUT THEIR THAT THINK THAT YOU CAN'T HAVE HIM CAUSE HE'S MINE.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DIS CD ITS ON POINT YA SMELL ME ITS A REAL CHILL CD...AN ITS GOOD FA BABY MAKIN YA MEAN...ANYWAY DIS DA GURL BG HOLLA BACK AIGHT 1
Guest More than 1 year ago
Woooow!!! This is all one can say about R. Kelly¿s gifted talents. From writing songs, to creating the music behind his powerful soul moving lyrics, to producing. R. Kelly is a special, talented, inspiring, exceptional black man. Despite his flaws, as we all have them, none of us can judge this man. He can only and will only be judge my God. Until then, keep up music like this, messages like this¿..messages that us black folks desperately need back in our lives. Best album so far!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased this album with some hesitation because of the media blitz surrounding R.Kelly. He is a gifted man whose talents as a writer, singer, and producer are undeniable. I love this CD. Track 4 is one of my favorites. No regrets on my purchase!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is R.'s greatest cd of all time. I dont care about his past, because he sure does make some great music and that is all that matter. So forget all yall haters out there, cuz all i do is shake them haters off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one incredible album that gives us the real R Kelly versus the commercialized R kelly. He touches back on the sounds that he remembers growing up to giving us old school peeps that old school feel as well as giving the young head bangers the current feel. Through his legal problems, Kelly has continued to work and give quality product. I would even go on the edge and say that since his legal problems he has given us more quality product as an artist/producer for himself as well as the likes of Nivea (Laundromat), and B2K (Bump-Bump-Bump). Keeping his head up and his ears to the streets seems to be his steez nowadays...Buy this joint for your collection!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is one of the best R. Kelly Albums; all of the songs have a good beat and his voice is fantastic! Highly recommended
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love R. Kelly. Nobody else can write such pimp-lyrics AND songs with such motivation at the same time. But-- Chocolate Factory?? You have got to be kidding me. There is not one epic song on there. Not one that I can even mention as being great. What happened? And why do all of you reviewers think this is a great album? To me the album seems rushed, and simply lacks the skill that Kells has shown in all of his other albums.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been a R Kelly fan since the early 90's. He is truly a musical genius and this new album shows no less. He will always be remembered by me as one of the most talented artist/songwriter/producer of all time. I love you Kelly and keep doing what you do.
Guest More than 1 year ago
no matter what anyone says nobody can touch the Musical Genius that is R.kelly. as Writer,Vocalist,Producer,Arranger, the Cat has no Peer."Step in the Name of Love both Versions alone just blow everything out here away."Igniation" just rolls&never lets up.:"Forever",Dream Girl,I'll Never leave are Classic slow jams as well. he packs so much into this set. this is the Best album of this Century easily. the Musically Versatility of this Brother is un-matched. He touches on His past Musical Heroes&combines it in a Modern sense. He brings so many musical Ingrediants as one here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All that has happened with R.Kelly, I still support him to the fullest. The CD goes off and I love it. Halla
Guest More than 1 year ago
R.Kelly i think this is one of the tights album u got i really like it. The both "Ignition" is tight and "Snake". They are bangin
Guest More than 1 year ago
this cd is absolutely off the meters and i completely and totally support r. kellys music he is probably the greatest musician of this time and arguably ever
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rob has outdone himself on this one. I love the way he gives you that "old-school" feeling on some of these tracks. I am also very happy that he's representing Chicago with his Steppin' songs. Hurry up and have another party! I love you, Rob!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ireally love R.kelly for been a man.and to teach other man how to express their true feeling how to treat a woman right all men should list to the word and not to hate? ,
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of R Kelly, even if he has made mistakes. But we all have. Wouldn't u like 2 b remebered 4 your gr8ness rather than your maistakes?