R. Kelly on current R&B music: ‘I hear my melodies on the radio’

“I sometimes hear my melodies on the radio. At times I feel like I can sing them word for word,” R.Kelly says with a hearty laugh. “It’s flattering.”

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R.Kelly’s twelfth album, Black Panties, drops next week and the “King Of R&B” is at a reflective point in his 20-plus year career.

The Chicago singer  believes it’s undeniable that he’s influenced the current generation of rappers and singers.

“I sometimes hear my melodies on the radio. At times I feel like I can sing my own songs,” R.Kelly says with a hearty laugh. “It’s flattering.”

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but there’s a fine line.

Drake, Trey Songz, The Weeknd and often walk the the line between rap and R&B.  R.Kelly recognizes this as paying homage, but stresses you should “remix” the legends and make a legacy of your own.

“They definitely fall underneath the umbrella of R.Kelly, but it what it is,” R.Kelly said about new artists he’s influenced. “I was influenced by the Ron Isleys, the Donny Hathaways, and even Guy. The trick is studying what they did and making it your own sound. That is the ultimate remix.”

Check out what else R.Kelly had to say in part 2 of our exclusive Grio sitdown.

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