Multi-talented rap artist R. Kelly’s life is a testament that not all that glitters is gold in the celebrity world.
Perfection is merely on the surface as celebrities’ lives are certainly just like those of ordinary people not on the limelight, filled with mistakes, dilemmas, and agony.
They lucidly reflect the creativity and versatility of the 51-year-old singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, and former basketball player.
The song “I Believe I Can Fly” has been considered as the most successful single produced, written, and performed by Kelly.
It made the number one spot in eight nations, bagged three Grammy Awards, and is among the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time according to Rolling Stone’s 2004 list.
“I Believe I Can Fly” was created for the soundtrack of the 1996 movie, “Space Jam.”
Another song which gave Kelly’s fans motivation is “The World’s Greatest” which was the theme for the movie about acclaimed heavyweight boxer, Muhammad Ali.
The song included a choir joining Kelly as he sang the encouraging chorus, “I’m that star up in the sky / I’m that mountain peak up high / Hey I made it, hmm / I’m the world’s greatest.”
Kelly also provided the theme for the 1997 film, “Batman and Robin,” entitled, “Gotham City.”
The song actually alluded to New York City and lauded the fictional area where the two main characters of the superhero movie lived and served, protecting its people.
In the year 2000s, Kelly’s songs continued to top the Billboard Hot 100 charts. They also contained more hints of sexual provocation like “Ignition,” “Thoia Thoing,” and “I’m a Flirt.”
Kelly also collaborated with his fellow contemporary R&B and hip-hop artists. “Same Girl” featured himself and Usher on a duet about mistaking themselves to be dating the same woman.
In “Go Getta,” Kelly collaborated with Young Jeezy about a song about living life on the fast lane.
In spite of these dynamic highlights Kelly’s musical career, his life is marred with imperfections.
His most recent controversy involves the three-night documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly.”
John Legend joins the rapper’s family members, former co-workers, companions, and the female accusers who have been claiming for decades that Kelly sexually and physically battered young and adult women.
The “All of Me” singer cited that Kelly has given a considerable amount of distress to plenty of people.
In addition, the show presents a backup singer of Kelly, Jovante Cunningham, confirming that the singer molested a teenage girl during the recording of his song, “Slow Dance (Remix).”
The ex-tour manager and personal assistant of Kelly, Demetrius Smith, also claimed that the rapper committed a felony when he married the late singer, Aaliyah, in 1994.
Smith accused Kelly that his bride during that time was merely 15 years old. The rapper’s legal counsel, Brian Nix, had already warned the Lifetime network not to air the controversial show.
Kelly’s representative asserted that the program is filled with false information about his client and that they would file a federal lawsuit if the cable network continues to present it.