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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

“I’m Your Angel” extols romantic love. Elsewhere, Kelly displays optimism (“I Believe I Can Fly”) and regrets hurting someone (“If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time”). “Reality” states, “Any man can make a baby/But it takes a real man to be a father.”

Objectionable Content

Twenty-four tracks qualify. This artist’s crass sexcapades involve descriptions of co-ed bathing as foreplay (“Get Up on a Room”), taking a girl’s virginity (“If I’m Wit You”), marathon sex romps (“Home Alone,” “Etcetera,” “Don’t Put Me Out”), strip poker and whipped cream (“Ghetto Queen”), “doggystyle from the back”(“Dollar Bill”) and more. A stealth bigamist brags about living a “Down Low Double Life.” Lines glorify alcohol and marijuana use while spewing obscenities, including the f-word. A streetwise gangsta attitude drives “We Ride” and “Only the Loot Can Make Me Happy.”

Summary Advisory

Reports have circulated that R. Kelly is a new man. Born again. More positive, lyrically. If that’s true, this stickered CD doesn’t show it. With few exceptions, it’s two hours of Kelly’s same old “bump-n-grind.

Bob Waliszewski
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