R. Kelly on Single Ladies, Black Panties, and the Return of Trapped in the Closet
"Ooohhh-eee!" the Pied Piper croons, giggling about his new Trapped in the Closet stuff. "It's gonna get a whole lot bigger and wilder. I'm very excited, as much as anybody else, to see these next 30-something chapters I just did."
There's even reason to believe that the infinite dramatic and musical possibilities of Kelly's Closet might never be fully explored. "You know, I have a chart that I do. And I found out that Trapped in the Closet is basically forever. Because anytime I put that chart up, these characters start to come to life. And there are even new characters that I've created and introduced to the saga. This shit's off the chain!
"To put it simply, Trapped in the Closet is now like a ghetto hip-hop version of General Hospital or One Life to Live," he insists. "It's not only cliffhangers. There are actual stories that's goin' on here. The characters have more depth. They're not just some person singing on the song in this R. Kelly voice."
And as the crazy-awesome saga that is Trapped in the Closet continues to unravel, it's beginning to look like the most insanely ambitious endeavor of R. Kelly's quarter-century-long career.
"Absolutely!" he marvels. "And Trapped in the Closet is outta my control. I don't even know, when I go into the studio, what I'm gonna write. I never know what character is gonna be developed, and I never know what the cliffhanger is gonna be.
"Space is the limit when it comes to Trapped in the Closet," Kells admits, "which," he whispers, "makes it an alien."
R. Kelly's Single Ladies Tour. With Tamia. Sunday, October 21. James L. Knight Center, 400 SE Second Ave., Miami. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost $47.50 to $95 plus fees via ticketmaster.com. Call 305-372-4634 or visit jlkc.com.
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