There are two things we know for sure about R. Kelly based on his music: 1) He really loves after-parties. 2) He has a wide array of friends.
While we might expect an R. Kelly collabo to pop up on an Usher or Jay Z album, we didn't exactly see these six duets coming. From Lady Gaga's latest, "Do What U Want," to his 1998 team-up with Celine Dion, we had no idea Kellz' Rolodex was so diverse. Check out his six most random collaborations.
On her latest ARTPOP track, Lady Gaga ditched the artsy-fartsy social commentary of "Aura" and instead went for the obvious: sex. For "Do What U Want," she called on the master of the overt, R. Kelly. After all, who else is qualified to sing about "back of the club, taking shots, getting naughty" than the ruler of "Sex Planet" himself?
What do a French indie rock band and a Chicago R&B legend have in common? One song, and that is Phoenix's "Trying to Be Cool." Kellz jumped on the remix of the Bankrupt! track, and the result is a little more underwhelming than we expected. But no worries, R. still manages to "hollar at the honeys."
R. Kelly teaming up with Jennifer Lopez for her song "Baby I Love U!" isn't exactly the craziest idea considering J. Lo also has popular collabos with Ja Rule, Pitbull and LL Cool J. But the song is widely known to be about her then-fiance Ben Affleck, which puts a whole new layer of awkward on the track.
We're not sure what's weirder: the fact that R. Kelly and the Pussycat Dolls know each other or the fact that a song called "Out of This Club" is actually a ballad. So confusing.
Nivea had a short-lived R&B career in the early 2000s with the help of her Grammy-nominated single, "Don't Mess With My Man." She also made a song with R. Kelly called "Laundromat" that's about... a laundromat. Okay, it's a metaphor for infidelity, but the important part is Kellz kills the chorus: "Soap, powder, bleach, towels/ Fabric softner, dollars, change/ Pants, socks, dirty drawers/ I'm headed to the laundromat."
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