The Buffet

The Buffet

by R. Kelly

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Overview

The Buffet

Robert Kelly remains driven as ever to take a metaphorical theme to a comedic extreme and then deviate from it in direct and explicit fashion. He does so from the start of The Buffet, an album released almost exactly two years after the thin Black Panties. In the voice-only "The Poem," he sets the tone -- make that table -- by announcing that he'll be "toasting your juices all night." If that doesn't get the point across, he makes a slurping sound, for five seconds, that could make Hannibal Lecter shudder. The following "Poetic Sex" involves a sweetened plea, "Baby, feed me," and a defiant punctuation of "My lyrics got a big dick and I just fucked the shit outta y'all." Anyone who has heard more than a handful of Kelly hits could accurately predict what a song titled "Marching Band" entails, and the pied piper comes through with what's easily the set's silliest and catchiest song. With recent R&B hits from younger peers increasingly blunt with lines like "eat the booty like groceries" and "so big it's like a foot is in your mouth," Kelly's form of lewd lyricism is decreasingly distinctive. He gets by here, as he always does, on his regenerative inventory of frisky melodies, and even teams up with some of the artists who have either headlined or assisted the more explicit end of pop-R&B. Jhené Aiko appears on the Aaliyah-jacking slow jam "Let's Make Some Noise," and though she was recorded in a studio far from Kelly's Chicago-based Chocolate Factory, the duet partners don't hesitate to make like they're beneath the sheets with one another. "Switch Up" likewise features a younger and vulgar R&B artist, Jeremih, who debuted six years earlier with the Kelly-lite "Birthday Sex," though the song is closer to Empire soundtrack filler. The Buffet does have more dimensions than Black Panties, including the enjoyable "Step in the Name of Love" rewrite "Backyard Party" and the throwback, Love Letter-styled "All My Fault."

Product Details

Release Date: 12/11/2015
Label: Rca
UPC: 0888751385825
catalogNumber: 513858
Rank: 54467

Album Credits

Performance Credits

R. Kelly   Primary Artist,Vocals
Larry Gold   Conductor
Donnie Lyle   Bass,Guitar
Emma Kummrow   Violin
Juicy J   Vocals
Jennie Lorenzo   Cello
Ghislaine Fleischmann   Violin
Bigg Makk   Bass
Luigi Mazzocchi   Violin
Jonathan Kim   Viola
Alfonso Walker   Keyboards
Blake Espy   Violin
Gared Crawford   Violin
Samantha Crawford   Violin
Antonio Daniels   Keyboards

Technical Credits

S1   Producer
R. Kelly   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jeff Chestek   Engineer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements
Donnie Lyle   Composer,Programming,Producer,Musical Director
Andre Manuel   Composer,Producer
Erwin Gorostiza   Creative Design
Brian Warfield   Engineer
Abel Garibaldi   Programming,Engineer
Jordan Houston   Composer
Kevin Hicks   Composer
Johnta Austin   Composer
Ian Mereness   Programming,Engineer
Luke   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Bryan-Michael Cox   Composer
Ryan Ogren   Composer
Dernst Emile   Composer,Producer
Joan Sullivan   Financial Director
Bigg Makk   Producer
Jeremy Coleman   Composer
Matthew Coleman   Composer
Joshua Coleman   Composer
Tyrone Griffin   Composer
Dwayne Carter   Composer
Angel Onhel Aponte   Engineer
Jeremy Felton   Composer
Stuart Lowery   Composer
J-MIKE   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Dorrell Mays   Composer
Clint Gibbs   Engineer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer
Larry Griffin   Composer
Cirkut   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Firmin Fabrice Guion   Composer
Régis Fayette-Mikano   Composer
Arnaud Fayette-Mikano   Composer
Alexander Castillo Vasquez   Composer
Cashmere Cat   Producer
Richard MacLean   Composer
Jhené Chilombo   Composer
Ammo   Producer
Magnus August Höiberg   Composer
Jordan Holt   Composer
Epikh Pro   Producer
Gamal Lewis   Composer
Tinashe Kachingwe   Composer
J Holt   Producer
A.C.   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Cem T   Producer
Cem Tomak   Composer
Anton Alexander   Composer
Saul Alexander   Composer
Samuel Hindes   Composer,Producer
Mike Foster   Engineer
Lisa Antwil   Composer
Keyel Walker   Composer,Producer

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