As a singer, songwriter, groove-crafter, and producer, R. Kelly is the greatest R&B artist to come around since Prince. To put things in more openly subjective terms, he's my favorite musician of the past decade. When I learned of the child-porn allegations that his career has been rather impervious to, I was disappointed and a bit sad, if not wildly surprised. Boycotting his music, however, was never an option. I could point to other morally questionable artists whose work I admire, and argue that what matters is the art, not the artist. But I don't entirely believe that. I do believe, like any cognizant person, that people are complex, rarely if ever all good or all bad. Mostly, though, I'm just selfish. I want to hear what I want to hear, and I want to spend most of my listening time... More >>>