|Studio album by R. Kelly|
December 6, 2013|
- R. Kelly
- Mikely Adam
- David Anthony
- Mario Bakovic
- Christopher Clark
- Daniel Coriglie
- Lamar Edwards
- Donnie Lyle
- Cheryl A. Mack
- Bigg Makk
- John McGee
- Beat Mechanix
- T. Newsome
- Rich Nice
- Dennis-Manuel Peters
- Darrick "Devyne" Stephens
- Chef Tone
- DJ Mustard
|R. Kelly chronology|
|Deluxe version cover|
|Singles from Black Panties|
- "My Story"
Released: July 23, 2013
Released: September 17, 2013
Released: November 25, 2013
- "Legs Shakin'"
Released: March 11, 2014
Black Panties is the twelfth studio album by American R&B singer R. Kelly. It was released in the United States on December 10, 2013, by RCA Records. The album features guest appearances from Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Young Jeezy, Migos, Kelly Rowland, Juicy J and Future.
Black Panties, as says Kelly, "is the new 12 Play (1993)", and that it is different from his previous albums Love Letter (2010) and Write Me Back (2012). In October 2013, in an interview with Rolling Stone, R. Kelly spoke about why he wanted to make the album sound similar to his 1993 debut album, 12 Play, saying: "I love that I can play around with all types of music. I did Love Letter and Write Me Back and those were fun albums for me to do, because they took me back to music I love. But, I wanted to change lanes with this new album and remind people of the TP-2.com and 12 Play style of music I can do — 'Kellz music!' I like that I can change lanes and do all different kinds of music. Fans can never accuse R. Kelly of doing the same thing, I keep mixing it up." In December 2013, in an interview with Billboard, R. Kelly spoke about why he decided to name the album Black Panties, saying: "I’m on stage doing the Love Letter tour and I was singing “Seems Like You're Ready”. Every time I'm singing, panties start flying out of everywhere. Seriously. But this particular night, a pair of mediums came out of the sky and they were black and they landed on my wrist. Immediately I looked at that and looked up like “that’s a sign”. Yeah, the idea hit me right away." Collaborator Jeremih revealed in an interview that he had not been in the studio together with Kelly for the recording process of "Switch Up", but described the working experience as "dope".
On July 28, 2013 the albums's first single "My Story", was released and later peaked at number 89 on the US Billboard Hot 100
On September 24, 2013, the album's second single "Genius" was released.
On November 25, 2013, the album's third single "Cookie" was released. On December 10, 2013, the music video was released for the album's third single "Cookie", which was released on November 25, 2013
"Legs Shakin'" was sent to US urban contemporary radio stations on March 11, 2014, as the album's fourth single.
Upon its release, Black Panties received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 61, based on 19 reviews, indicating "generally positive reviews". Andy Kellman of AllMusic gave the album two and a half stars out of five, saying "After Love Letter and Write Me Back, classy and relatively polite throwback albums, R. Kelly reverts to sexually exaggerated and wholly contemporary content for Black Panties. Kelly, joined by a deep roster of fellow songwriters and producers, dispenses with the strings, horns, and dashing charm, and dishes out sleaze by the bucket over modern backdrops that slink and whir. All the material is slow and mostly pared down, made to maximize space for his still generous supply of hooks and outlandish rhymes." Nick Catucci of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B, saying "Black Panties won't humanize the man for anyone who prefers caricature. But his 12th album, a return to wafting sex jams after two soulful dance discs, also falls short of the Kelly we love: the tireless entertainer-as-lover and suavely esoteric devotee of churchy theatrics, inspirational-poster slogans, Chicago stepping music, and extreme wordplay." Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune gave the album two out of four stars, saying "After two albums of elegant, old-school stepping music, R. Kelly is back doing the raunch. "Black Panties" is a musically detailed, sonically rich porn soundtrack, a formula that has helped the singer sell more than 50 million albums worldwide in two decades." Omar Burgess of HipHopDX gave the album three and a half stars out of five, saying "Black Panties finds his subject matter about as varied as the play-by-play of two dogs in heat. But what it lacks in lyrical depth it makes up for by being a catchy, entertaining and completely in the moment snapshot of the current turned up, hybrid of R&B and Rap for clubs and bedrooms."
Marah Eakin of The A.V. Club gave the album a B–, saying "Whether Kelly consciously meant to make it one or not, Black Panties could be a big step forward for the sex-positive movement. Or it could just be another R. Kelly record." Jason King of Spin gave the album a five out of ten, saying "Black Panties also happens to be a serious musical step backwards from the melodious Write Me Back. The production is suitably retro 1990s-meets-contemporary-hip-hop: Synth strings and gated drums are matched to pitched-down, chopped & screwed vocals. But the songwriting is the big problem: These are serviceable but mediocre and tuneless slow jams. Then again, no one thinks of 12 Play's “I Like the Crotch on You” as lyrically or musically transcendent, either." Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media gave the album a 6.8 out of 10, saying "With Black Panties, what you see is mostly what you get. What we get is a pretty good modern R&B album, but it’s also one that feels just a bit fossilized. With its undulating synths, abundance of screwed vocals and slowly churning tempos, Black Panties sounds suspiciously like the-Dream’s first two albums." Ryan B. Patrick of Exclaim! gave the album a four out of ten, saying "Ultimately, there isn't much to recommend with Black Panties. Kelly is crazy talented, but has always been at his best when he controls his obsessions, not the other way around. Dogged by personal scandals for the better portion of his career, Kelly is unrepentant, unfazed, and unaware that just because he's in on the joke doesn't make it any less funny."
The album debuted at number 4 on the Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 133,000 copies in the United States. It is R. Kelly's highest-charting album since Untitled (2009) debuted at number four. In its second week, the album fell to number 15 and sold 60,000 more copies, a 55% drop from its first week sales. In its third week, the album sold 44,000 more copies in the United States, falling two spots to number 17. In its fourth week, the album sold 31,000 more copies and rose to number 11 on the US Billboard 200. As of October 2015, the album has sold 462,000 copies in the United States.
|1.||"Legs Shakin'" (featuring Ludacris)||4:26|
|3.||"Throw This Money on You"|
- Dennis-Manuel Peters
- Daniel Coriglie
- Mario Bakovic
|4.||"Prelude"|| || ||3:11|
|5.||"Marry the Pussy"||4:14|
|6.||"You Deserve Better"|
|8.||"All the Way" (featuring Kelly Rowland)|
- David Anthony
- Rich Nice
|9.||"My Story" (featuring 2 Chainz)||4:26|
- Darrick "Devyne" Stephens
- Christopher Clark
- Cheryl A. Mack[a]
|11.||"Spend That" (featuring Young Jeezy)||3:42|
- Ron LaTour
- Brock Korsan
|14.||"Tear It Up" (featuring Future)|
|15.||"Show Ya Pussy" (featuring Migos & Juicy J)|
- Donnie Lyle
- Quavious Marshall
- Kirshink Ball
- Jordan Houston
- Tony Scales
- John McGee
|18.||"Best at It"||3:08|
Credits adapted from AllMusic.
- 2 Chainz - Featured Artist
- Mikely Adam - Composer, Producer
- J. Angel - Composer
- David Anthony - Producer
- Chris Athens - Mastering
- Jonathan Azu - Management
- Mario Bakovic - Composer, Producer
- Bigg Makk - Keyboards, Producer
- Sam Bohl - Assistant, Assistant Engineer
- Theola Borden - Publicity
- Andre "Drizza Don" Bridges - Engineer
- Chris Bridges - Composer
- Antonio Brown - Composer
- Coran Capshaw - Management
- Cardo - Producer
- Chris Clark - Engineer, Producer
- The Closers - Producer
- Daniel Coriglie - Composer, Producer
- Winfred Crabtree II - Composer
- Da Beat Mechanix - Producer
- DJ Wayne Williams - A&R
- Lamar Edwards - Composer, Producer
- Tauheed Epps - Composer
- Meghan Foley - Art Direction, Design
- Kristen Foster - Publicity
- Abel Garibaldi - Engineer, Mixing, Programming
- Brisha Hemby - Make-Up
- Dave Huffman - Mastering
- Jaycen Joshua - Mixing
- Jeezy - Featured Artist
- Paul Jefferies - Composer
- Jay Jenkins - Composer
- Rebecca Johnson - Composer
- Sly Jordan - Composer
- Ryan Kaul - Assistant
- R. Kelly - Arranger, Composer, Creative Director, Mixing, Primary Artist, Producer
- Brock Korsan - Composer
- Ron LaTour - Composer
- Ludacris - Featured Artist
- Donnie Lyle - Guitar, Music Direction
- Cheryl A. Mack - Assistant
- Fabian Marasciullo - Mixing
- Dorrell Mays - Composer
- Dijon McFarlane - Composer, Producer
- Ian Mereness - Engineer, Mixing, Programming
- Destin Reza Mungall - Composer
- Rich Nice - Producer
- Lauren Nikooz - Production Design
- Megan Nimerosky - Assistant
- Nineteen85 - Producer
- Chiquita Oden - Grooming
- Anthony Patterson - Assistant
- Dennis-Manuel Peters - Composer, Producer
- Rahki - Producer
- Aaron Revelle- Composer
- Antonio Rey - Vocal Engineer
- April Rommet - Stylist
- Kelly Rowland - Featured Artist
- Zane Shoemake - Assistant
- Darrick Stephens - Creative Director, Producer
- Randee St. Nicholas - Photography
- Ryan Supple - Assistant
- Carolyn Williams - Product Manager
- Win - Producer
- Young Jeezy - Featured Artist
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