Any R. Kelly fan knows he reps Chicago hard, and now the singer is paying tribute to his hometown with an album inspired by its native dance music.
The Black Panties crooner announced that a house album is underway in the middle of The Chosen Few Picnic Weekend in Chi-town. "I want y'all to know a secret," Kelly told the crowd. "I'm working on a house album right now, and I want y'all to know, it's coming. Y'all know I love music and I feel like I can do anything when it comes to music, because I am music just like y'all."
To some, the mention of a house album might instantly scream "desperate attempt to get on the EDM bandwagon." But don't forget house originated in Chicago in the early '80s with the mix of dance, disco and minimalist electronica, and its mainstream mark can be felt with recent radio hits from Disclosure and Calvin Harris. Kellz is (not-so-secretly) trying to tap into a major Chicago fanbase and while further conjuring up hometown support. We can't wait: this is the dude who's teamed up with everyone from Phoenix to Lady Gaga, and his collaborations continue to turn out some surprisingly great results.
But be still, R&B purists: Kelly is working on a sequel to 2013's Black Panties, naturally titled White Panties. He's teased more than 50 unreleased Trapped in the Closet chapters, is planning a joint tour with Mary J. Blige and he's recording a Christmas album for "love-making."
Stay tuned to Fuse for more information and watch the announcement below.