R. Kelly, 'Love Letter,' and the creepy wink
Judge Dennis Maloney ruled on Thursday that the prosecution could not introduce as evidence photos found on a digital camera, which police say show the singer having sex with an underage girl, due to a lack of probable cause for the search warrants. The camera was found during a June 2002 raid of Kelly's rented Davenport, Fla., home.
Kelly's hip-hopera from 2005, Trapped In The Closet, was one of the weirdest cultural occurrences of the last decade by a mile. Completely bonkers, completely enjoyable, and the pivotal transition from "R. Kelly, dramatically-inclined R&B singer" to "R. Kelly, accused child pornographer and unrepentant oddball." When Kelly sings "We made love in a taxi cab!" on Love Letter or "I'm A Flirt" from 2007's Double Up (seriously) we smile uncomfortably, quietly asking ourselves, "with whom?"
Musically, there isn't much difference between the pre- and post-trial R. Kelly. On Love Letter we find him channeling '60s soul, as always through his ears. But the subtext has changed, and he knows it.
And he's winking right along with us.
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