Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me by R. KellyWho is R. Kelly? Three-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 35 million records worldwide. Legendary writer and producer, who collaborated with such music icons as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Jay-Z, and Aretha Franklin. Visionary cultural messenger, who created the hip hopera phenomenon Trapped in the Closet. Creative genius. Sex symbol. The man who puts the “R” in R&B.
Through the iconic anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” and such sexy R&B mega-hits as “Bump N’ Grind,” “Ignition,” and “When a Woman’s Fed Up,” R. Kelly has proven to be one of the greatest musical talents of his generation. Yet his rollercoaster ride to the top has been as perilous as it has been exhilarating. In Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, Kelly shares his life story through episodic tales and exclusive color photographs, exploring his meteoric rises and sudden falls.
From the crippling learning disorder that rendered him unable to read or write, to the teacher/mentor who prophesized that his destiny was in music, not basketball, we follow his evolution from Chicago street performer to struggling L.A. musician and beyond. Kelly reveals his hard-won ascent to superstardom and his battle to move forward after legal and personal ordeals that threatened to destroy his life.
Now back at the top, Kelly recounts the surprising twists and turns that have taken him to new heights of maturity and artistry. Part memoir, part keepsake, Soulacoaster unlocks the door to R. Kelly’s story as only he can tell it, promising his fans an intimate and unforgettable ride.
Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me
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The pressures of selling albums and trying to appeal to the median listener often produce a certain middle-of-the-road orthodoxy. But R. Kelly has sold many millions of albums despite, or perhaps because of, his willingness to be both strange and unpredictable some might say unsavory. After grabbing attention with a lascivious audacity guaranteed to excite and scare Americans in equal measure, Kelly moved in new directions. He worked to perfect his brand of lush soul and smart disco. Kelly also built a bridge to the world of hip hop, recognizing the genre as a commercial juggernaut. Kelly also employs a sort of sing-speak style at times, and on the album TP
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Kelly shares the inspiring story of his relationship with his music teacher -- Ms. Lena McLin -- who predicted that it would be music, not basketball, which would prove to be young Robert's ultimate calling. A press release provided to HuffPost Entertainment states that the book, which was published June 28, is frank in its discussion of his bouts with "the hard-to-resist sexual and financial temptations that accompany sudden stardom.
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Welcome to the second installment of Aux. Book Club, where a group of us tackle a new or renowned book of the music canon and lay down some of our thoughts. Please read along with us in the future our next book is at the bottom. Our clutch of readers are:. Jeremy D. I felt poignant and unbelievable at the same time, and there were some emotional moments that would come at the end of chapters and throw me in for a completely different loop.