R. Kelly Talks ‘Black Panties’ And New Christmas And Country Albums During #CRWN Interview With Elliott Wilson

Today, Black Panties crooner R. Kelly sat down with Elliott Wilson to clear the air during the final installment of the season for his CRWN interview series. After excited guests patiently waited for an hour, Wilson dove right into the first topic of the night: Kells’ recently released and hotly discussed album.

Kells told the visibly excited crowd that he was ready to deliver another baby-making album for his dedicated fans. “It was time to get to the sexual R. Kelly,” he said. “Those fans weren’t going nowhere. As long as I keep it real and give the ladies what they’re thinking but I’m saying it, I’ll be in the business a very long time.” He also talked about not only working with Lady Gaga, but initially finding her very attractive. “I got to keep it real. Before I met Gaga I thought she was sexy as hell,” he said. “She doesn’t care what anyone says about her.” [UPDATE]: Supposedly, most of Kells’ biggest hits were conceived in a McDonald’s parking lot. “Whenever I wanna feel the spirit of my mom,” he said, “I go to a McDonalds parking lot and sit my ass there with a coffee and just get inspired to write.”

Also, “Seems Like You’re Ready” was one of his favorite songs because he has “like three girlfriends at one time.” Go, Kells.

[UPDATE]: Before belting out a snippet of “Bump ‘N Grind” (see above), the Pied Piper broke down how he was recruited to do “I Believe I Can Fly” for the Michael Jordan’s movie, Space Jam. “He came in and we were playing basketball,” he said. “I rip the ball from him. I’m on my way! He smacked my ball into the bleachers. I felt really embarrassed. That’s the day he asked me to do a song for his movie coming out.” He also touched on the Best of Both Worlds tour and his hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet.”

Audience members were treated to a little opera, too.

[UPDATE]: Kells praised the work of some of today’s pop and R&B stars, calling Chris brown, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Bruno “Hall of Famers.” It’s no surprise that R. Kelly had a lot of bumpy, controversial moments during his tenure, but he wouldn’t change anything about it. “People ask me what I would change about my life but I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “Everything I’ve gone through has made me who I am. I got a lot of love for a lot of people.”

[UPDATE]: R. Kelly has a Christmas and country music album in the works and he’d be willing to work with Jay Z again. “I’m so deep into a Christmas album for next year,” he said. “It’s called The 12 Night of Christmas. I’m also six songs deep into a country album. They tell stories I tell stories.”

#CRWN’s usual Q&A session was omitted from this sit-down, but based on yesterday’s #AskRKelly Twitter fiasco, the executive decision was probably for the best.