Untitled

Untitled

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by R. Kelly
     
 

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12 Play: 4th Quarter leaked well ahead of its intended release date, and "Hairbraider," its intended lead single, deservedly flopped, prompting R. Kelly and Jive to shelve the project. Over a year after the leak, and just in time for the 2009 holiday season shopping rush, a new R. album in the form of Untitled received an official release, featuring aSee more details below

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12 Play: 4th Quarter leaked well ahead of its intended release date, and "Hairbraider," its intended lead single, deservedly flopped, prompting R. Kelly and Jive to shelve the project. Over a year after the leak, and just in time for the 2009 holiday season shopping rush, a new R. album in the form of Untitled received an official release, featuring a track list drastically different from that of the leaked album. Given that R. had maintained a relatively low profile since his June 2008 acquittal on child pornography charges, Untitled is his least eventful release in nearly a decade. Somewhat surprisingly, he leans on a lot of collaborations. He handles only two tracks by himself, farming out the production and songwriting assistance to an assortment of mostly up-and-coming figures who contribute to no more than a couple songs each. Perhaps R. needed the input from others to help reset his bearings and make a simple, concept-free, creatively unambitious R&B album. There's nothing outlandish about it, at least not by the R. Kelly standard. In fact, it's rather understated, heavy on slow jams with only a couple small surprises: the Jack Splash-produced "Be My #2," heavily reliant on a chunky, adroit disco-funk classic by Rhyze, and "Like I Do," where Carlos McKinney only slightly adjusts the swishing, gently rocking beat he made for J. Holiday's "Bed" -- a prime example of R. giving new life to a tired sound with little evident effort. He even humbles himself on the song, if only a little bit: "There's only two things in this world that I'm the best at, it's true. Number one is music, and baby girl, can't nobody work your body out like I do." He's coasting here, no doubt about it, but no one can coast like he can.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/01/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0886973113622
catalogNumber:
5003315
Rank:
136702

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist
Donnie Lyle   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Musical Direction
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Guitar,Keyboards
Bill Hornibrook   Guitar
Bigg Makk   Bass,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Roy Hamilton   Composer
Otis Williams   Composer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Paul L. Kyser   Composer
Carlos McKinney   Composer
Larry Nix   Composer
Herb Powers   Mastering
Soulshock   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Karlin   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Eric Dawkins   Composer,Producer
Jazze Pha   Producer
Carsten Schack   Composer
Leon Stuckey   Composer
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Warryn Campbell   Composer
Eric Schlotzer   Engineer
Joey Fernandez   Engineer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Maurice Simmonds   Composer
Roy "Royalty" Hamilton   Producer
Christopher "Deep" Henderson   Producer
Infinity   Composer,Producer
Chris Henderson   Composer
DeWayne Swan   Producer
Ari Raskin   Engineer
Ronnie Jackson   Composer
Patrick "Guitarboy" Hayes   Programming
Lil Ronnie   Producer
Keri Hilson   Composer
Antonio Dixon   Composer,Producer
Ronald "Caveman" Rosario   Engineer
Jeff Meeks   Programming,Engineer
Jack Splash   Composer,Producer,Engineer
The-Dream   Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Detroit Nix   Producer
Mike Miller   Engineer
Willy Will   Producer
Bigg Makk   Programming
A. Hughes   Composer
DaMystro   Producer
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Timothy Thomas   Composer
Theron Thomas   Composer
Radric Davis   Composer
Berris Bolton   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Tyrese Gibson   Composer
Kenneth Karlin   Composer
Raphael Hamilton   Composer,Producer
Kassim Vonicco Washington   Composer
Hillary Fenton   grooming
Kai Henry   Executive Producer
Pahlon Alexander   Composer
William Hodge   Composer
John "JayBee" Bivins   grooming
Sassieon Hill   Composer
Miguel Jiminez   Composer
Leon Dewayne Swan   Composer
Gas   Producer
Rob Allen   Composer
Darhyl "DJ" Camper   Composer,Producer

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