is the third R. studio album and the first double album by R&B singer R. Kelly. It was released in the United States on November 10, 1998 (see 1998 in music). This album was the first time Kelly allowed other record producers to produce or co-produce on his album, as opposed to producing the entire album himself, as well as his first time collaborating with various artists on his album. This is currently Kelly's biggest selling album to date, selling 8 million copies in the US according to RIAA and 12.4 million copies worldwide. 
R. went to number one on the R&B albums chart as the third album to do so, and went second place on the chart with first week sales of 216,000. Billboard 200 It spawned Kelly's second #1  U.S. pop hit, " I'm Your Angel", a duet with Celine Dion. The album also contains the #1 R&B hit, " I Believe I Can Fly," which was released two years earlier on the soundtrack. Space Jam
The album cover uses the same image of R. Kelly from his
album, but in silhouette form. It is also his first album to contain a parental advisory. 12 Play
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and produced by R. Kelly, except where noted.
Disc one [ edit ]
(featuring Keith Murray) Robert Kelly, Kelly Price, Keith Murray, G. Archie
Kelly, Ron Lawrence, Sean Combs, Steven Jordan, Price, D. Romani, T. Willoughby
Sean Combs, Amen-Ra, Stevie J 4:54
"If I'm With You"
Half on a Baby"
R. Kelly 4:56
When a Woman's Fed Up"
"Get Up on a Room"
(featuring Cam'Ron, Noreaga, Vegas Cats, and Jay-Z) Kelly, Cameron Giles, Victor Santiago, Shawn Carter, Vegas Cats, S. Barnes, J.C. Oliver, M.C. Rooney, Calvin Broadus, Andre Young, H. Casey, R. Finch
Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy" (featuring Tone of Poke & Tone)
"Don't Put Me Out"
If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time"
"What I Feel/Issues"
I Believe I Can Fly" (International Release)
Disc two [ edit ]
Reception [ edit ]
Critical response [ edit ]
Awards & nominations [ edit ]
BMI Awards - 1998 Pop Songwriter of the Year (
won for " I Believe I Can Fly," " I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)," and " I Don't Want To by Toni Braxton)
Grammy Awards - 1999 Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals (nominated for "I'm Your Angel"), 2000 Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male (nominated for "When a Woman's Fed Up"), 2000 Best R&B Album (nominated)
Soul Train Music Awards - 1999 Best R&B/Soul Single, Male (nominated for "Half On a Baby"), 1999 Sammy Davis Jr. Entertainer of the Year Award ( won), 1999 Best R&B/Soul Album, Male ( won), 1999 Best R&B/Soul or Rap Album ( won)
Personnel [ edit ]
R. Kelly - arranger, conductor, instruments, keyboards, mixer, producer, writer, main vocals, background vocals
Keith Murray - vocals
G-One - arranger, keyboards, mixer, producer, programming
Chris Puram - mixer
Kelly Price - background vocals Rob Bacon - guitar
Marek - assistant mix engineer, assistant recording engineer
Anthony Kilhoffer - assistant recording engineer
Esther Nevarez - assistant recording engineer
Dana Walsh - assistant recording engineer
Sean "Puffy" Combs - producer
Ron "Amen-Ra" Lawrence - producer
Stevie J. - co-producer
Tony Maserati - mixer
Jimmie Lee Patterson - assistant mix engineer
Champ - assistant recording engineer
Tone - co-producer, producer, background vocals, programming
Poke - co-producer, producer, programming
Stephen George - mixer, programming
Greg Landfair - guitar
Kendall D. Nesbitt - additional keyboards
Antonio L. Daniels - additional keyboards
Roy Hamilton - drum programming, vocoder programming
Blake Chaffin - programming
Brian Calicchia - assistant mix engineer
Jeff Vereb - assistant mix engineer, assistant recording engineer
LaFayette Carthon, Jr. - additional keyboards, background vocals, conductor
Paul J. Falcone - programming
Jason Groucott - assistant mix engineer
Brian Garten - assistant recording engineer, programming
Sparkle - background vocals UB Tirado - assistant mix engineer
Jeffrey Lane - assistant mix engineer, assistant recording engineer
Stan Wood - assistant recording engineer
Bryon Rickerson - assistant recording engineer
Mark Johnson - assistant mix engineer
Greg Thompson - assistant mix engineer
Cory Rooney - co-producer, additional keyboards
Kevin Crouse - mixer
Chris Ribando - assistant recording engineer
Cam'Ron - vocals
Noreaga - vocals
Shawn Carter - vocals
Vegas Cats - vocals
Joey Donnatello - mixer, programming
Ron Lowe - assistant mix engineer
Jason Goldstein - assistant recording engineer
Paul Riser - arranger, conductor, orchestrator, strings
Hart Holliman - arranger, conductor, orchestrator
The Motown Romance Orchestra - arranging, strings and horns
Keith Henderson - guitar
Blackie - background vocals
Rock - background vocals
Chris Brickley - assistant recording engineer
Tony Gonzalez - assistant recording engineer
Bruce Kelly - background vocals
Tony Black - additional engineering, digital editing
Jason Bacher - assistant recording engineer
Trey Fratt - assistant recording engineer
Rick Behrens - assistant recording engineer
Cynthia Jernigan - additional writing
Nathan Dean - assistant mix engineer, assistant recording engineer
Eric N. Yoder - programming
Deatia Staples - background vocals
Keisha Wallace - background vocals
Lamont Smith - background vocals
Shawn L. Lawson - background vocals
Marjette J. Alston - background vocals
Bryant M. Lee - background vocals
Suzan Chatims - background vocals
Denise Purkett - background vocals
Reynonda McFarland - background vocals
Monique Whittington - background vocals
Opal Staples - background vocals
Angela Clayton-Lawson - background vocals
Foxy Brown - vocals
Al West - co-producer, keyboards
Rich Travali - mixer
Chuck Bailey - assistant mix engineer
Jon Heidelberger - assistant recording engineer
Johnny Allen - assistant to the conductor
J. Squillace - orchestra recording assistant
Crucial Conflict - vocals
Todd Parker - assistant mix engineer
Ruth Varella - assistant recording engineer
Edward Tucker - background vocals
Russell Hinton - background vocals
Michael McCoy - assistant mix engineer
Humberto Gatica - mixer
Rob Mathes - arranger, conductor
Loris Holland - additional keyboards, background vocals, conductor, Hammond B-3 Organ
Steve Skinner - keyboards, drum programming
Jeff Bova - additional keyboard programming
Jimmy Bralower - drum programming
Jeffrey Morrow - background vocals
Yvonne Gage - background vocals
Cheryl Wilson - background vocals Joan Walton - background vocals
Robert Bowker - background vocals
Johnny Rutledge - background vocals
Robin Robinson - background vocals
Rob Trow - background vocals
Cathy Richardson - background vocals
Anthony Ransom - background vocals
Lisa Lougheed - background vocals
Stevie Robinson - background vocals
Tawatha Agee - background vocals
Troy Bright - background vocals
Dennis Collins - background vocals
Ayana George - background vocals
Diva Gray - background vocals
Nancey Jackson - background vocals
Latasha Jordon - background vocals
Paulette McWilliams - background vocals
Robert Moe - background vocals
Fonzi Thornton - background vocals
Spencer Washington - background vocals
Elizabeth Withers - background vocals
Don Hachey - assistant recording engineer
Céline Dion - vocals, background vocals
Bill Douglass - assistant recording engineer
Jason Stasium - assistant recording engineer
Chris Brooke - assistant recording engineer
Brian Callicha - assistant recording engineer
Jake Ninan - assistant recording engineer
Nasir Jones - vocals
"The Luv Club" Choir - background vocals
Percy Bady - director, keyboards
Tom Recchion - art direction and design
Jackie Murphy - photo shoot/art coordination
Reisig & Taylor - photography
June Ambrose - stylist
Mode Squad - stylist
Robin Hannibal - groomer
Aliesh Peirce - groomer
TAR - original cover photo
Kenneth Halsband - location manager
Bruce Goldman - location manager
Leon Adair - location manager
Beata Rosenbaum - casting
Michael Anthony - make-up
Reginald Payton - car shots
Howard Simmons - interior shots
Barry Hankerson - executive producer
'Big Bass' Brian Gardner - mastered at Bernie Grundman Mastering, Hollywood, California
Charts and certifications [ edit ]
Samples [ edit ]
"V.I.P." contains a sample of "Alone" composed by Donald and Dalvin DeGrate and performed by
Jodeci from the album Diary of a Mad Band
Songs sampled in future songs:
"When a Woman's Fed Up"
"Did You Ever Think"
See also [ edit ]
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