R. Kelly plans "Love Letter" tour with Keyshia Cole

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

By The Music Scoop
JR Staff Writer

R. Kelly went years being the undisputed king of R&B. But, during the mid-1990s, Usher and other talents emerged. For years, R. Kelly dominated the sex songs, but a sex charge slowed him down. Kelly had to reinvent his style. R. Kelly emerged in the 2000s as the leading hook man for several rappers.

For years, R. Kelly made hits with Fat Joe, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, and many other rappers. Some rappers recorded with R. Kelly and landed their first hits. Nas' comeback was aided by his verse on "Did You Ever Think (remix)." But, following his 2004 confrontation with Jay-Z, rappers began working with other crooners.

After taking some time off, R. Kelly found himself nearly replaced by songwriter, Ne-Yo. Following a short comeback, the R&B game was soon dominated by Mario and Trey Songz. In 2009, Trey replaced R. Kelly as the sex singer and became the top male figure in R&B. With 2010 hits from Usher, Trey Songz, and Ne-Yo, many wrote R. Kelly out of the equation.

R. Kelly placed himself back in with his "Love Letter" single and his Love Letter album. Once again, a popular name in the game, R. Kelly is planning the Love Letter tour. He will be touring with Keyshia Cole and Marsha Ambrosius, of Floetry.


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