R. Kelly (album)

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R. Kelly
Singer R. Kelly.JPG
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)
R. Kelly chronology
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R. Kelly
Singles from R. Kelly
  1. "You Remind Me of Something"
    Released: October 30, 1995
  2. "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)"
    Released: December 11, 1995
  3. "Thank God It's Friday"
    Released: January 6, 1996
  4. "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)"
    Released: March 29, 1996

R. Kelly is the eponymous second studio album by R&B singer R. Kelly. It was released on November 14, 1995. The album was somewhat of a departure from his previous album's sexual innuendos, featuring slightly more introspective lyrics. R. Kelly was the artist's second number 1 R&B album and the first one to top the Billboard 200; it spawned three number 1 R&B singles in chronological order: "You Remind Me of Something", "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" and "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau(A-)[2]
Entertainment Weekly(A-)[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music(favorable)[6]

R. Kelly received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Jim Derogatis of Rolling Stone wrote, Kelly "has grown out of his unthinking misogyny to the point where he makes a plea in 'As I Look Into My Life' to 'brothers in the ghetto' to 'love and respect that woman and bring her happiness.' Make love not war is an old message, but Kelly delivers it with sincerity. By spreading it in the hood in these violent times, he believes he's doing God's work, and who's to say he is wrong? Predecessors like Marvin Gaye and Prince have shown that great sex is spiritual, and Kelly's make-out music ranks with the best."


MTV Video Music Awards – 1996 Best Male Video for "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" (nominated)

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, produced, and arranged by R. Kelly

1."The Sermon"3:23
2."Hump Bounce"4:06
3."Not Gonna Hold On"4:04
4."You Remind Me of Something"4:09
5."Step in My Room"3:48
6."Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby, Baby..."4:19
7."(You to Be) Be Happy" (featuring The Notorious B.I.G.)4:36
8."Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" (featuring The Isley Brothers)4:48
9."I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)"5:31
10."Thank God It's Friday"3:53
11."Love Is On the Way"3:01
12."Heaven If You Hear Me"0:58
13."Religious Love"4:11
14."Tempo Slow"4:10
15."As I Look Into My Life"1:30
16."Trade in My Life"6:20


Credits adapted from AllMusic.[7]

  • Ray Bady – Vocals (Background)
  • Chris Brickley – Engineer
  • Lafayette Carthon – Keyboards
  • Kirk Franklin – Choir Director, Guest Artist
  • Stephen George – Engineer, Mixing, Programming
  • Bernie Grundman – Mastering
  • Barry Hankerson – Executive Producer
  • Charlotte Horton – Vocals (Background)
  • Ernie Isley – Guest Artist, Guitar, Performer, Primary Artist
  • Ronald Isley – Guest Artist, Performer, Primary Artist, Vocals (Background)
  • R. Kelly – Composer, Keyboards, Mixing, Multi Instruments, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
  • Mr. Lee – Guest Artist, Mixing, Multi Instruments, Programming
  • Peter Mokran – Engineer, Keyboards, Mixing, Programming
  • The Notorious B.I.G. – Guest Artist, Primary Artist, Rap, Unknown Contributor Role
  • Jim Slattery – Multi Instruments
  • Marinna Teal (Strings) - Vocals (Background)[8][9]
  • Mario Winans – Programming

Uses in media[edit]

In 1996, songs from this album were featured several times in the first season of the UPN sitcom Moesha. "Hump Bounce" featured in the third episode, "Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)" was featured in the tenth episode and "You Remind Me of Something" can be heard and was referenced in the fifth episode.


Chart (1995) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 63
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[11] 26
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 69
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 30
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 32
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 18
US Billboard 200[16] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[17] 1


Territory Certifier Certification Sales
Canada CRIA[18] Gold 50,000
United Kingdom BPI[19] Gold 100,000
United States RIAA[20] 5× Platinum 5,000,000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (1995-11-14). "( R. Kelly > Overview )". allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  2. ^ "CG: R. Kelly". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  3. ^ Ken Tucker (1995-11-24). "R. Kelly | Music". EW.com. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  4. ^ "R Kelly R. Kelly CD". Cduniverse.com. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  5. ^ The new Rolling Stone album guide - Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  6. ^ Derogatis, Jim (1995-11-14). "R. Kelly Reviews on Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 2008-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-25.
  7. ^ "R. Kelly - R. Kelly - Credits - AllMusic".
  8. ^ "Strings Credits".
  9. ^ "About Strings Credits".
  10. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 1 August 2005" (PDF) (805). Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. August 1, 2005: 2. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – R. Kelly – R. Kelly" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – R. Kelly – R. Kelly" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – R. Kelly – R. Kelly". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – R. Kelly – R. Kelly". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  15. ^ "R Kelly | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  16. ^ "R. Kelly Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  17. ^ "R. Kelly Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
  18. ^ "Page not found".
  19. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-09-24. Retrieved 2010-06-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)