Over the weekend, R. Kelly rocked the stage at WGCI’s Summer Jam in Chicago. Following his performance, the Pied Piper of R&B sat down with the Morning Riot crew, with a cigar in hand, to open up about his personal life and his career that has withstood the test of time. Here are five things we learned from his interview:
1. Despite having a super successful music catalog R. Kelly feels his work is far from done. The R&B legend remains true to his humble beginnings by bringing that same work ethic to all of his performances. “No matter how much money I make, no matter how many hit songs. I still perform like a street performer,” he admitted.
2. He doesn’t waste his time addressing rumors. Earlier this month, R. Kelly’s youngest child Jaya Kelly revealed via Facebook that she is in the process of transitioning into a male, deeming herself to be “transguy”. There have also been rumors circulating that Kellz had lost his home. Yet, in light of all of this the man of the hour offered up a clever response. “Always believe what you see with your own eyes,” he said. “I’ve heard a lot of things about a lot of people. It was never true.”
3. He’s a self-proclaimed “momma’s boy”. But, what else would you have expected? The living legend has dedicated ballads to his mother throughout the years, including “Sadie” a feature off of his classic 12 Play album.
4. He would love to see Carmelo Anthony play for his native Chicago. During his interview, Kellz was eager to express how much he would enjoy watching Melo play ball while suited up in a Bulls jersey. He even got on one knee and urged Melo to come to Chi-town. “I would love to have you in Chicago my dude,” the singer exclaimed. “Come to Chicago. I’m gonna lay out the red carpet.”
5. He wants to put an end to the violence that plagues Chi-Town. R. Kelly revealed that he feels it’s necessary for celebrities to speak out on causes that affect the youth of today, especially gun violence. “Let’s walk through the hood, let’s march through the hood and show these kids that we really care,” he said. “We should all come together, set that example, and walk through the hood.”