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R. Kelly Interview: 5 Fingers of Death, Next Best of Both Worlds, Being out of Headlines + Speaks on Writing Ballads

Penning hits that have spanned multiple decades, R. Kelly has both worked with and inspired some of musics greatest talents.  Joining Sway in the Morning to discuss some of his biggest records while prepping for his upcoming album, R. Kelly wastes no time turning heads as he dives right into belting out the famous chorus from “Bump n’ Grind.”

Staying steady on the mic, DJ Wonder transitions into the 5 Fingers of Death as Kels provides some incredibly smooth vocals over our classic challenge.

From writing “I Believe I Can Fly” for Michael Jordan and the Space Jam movie to creating the official song for the 2010 World Cup, R. Kelly discusses staying true to his craft with a worlds worth of weight on his shoulders.

Speaking on “The Best Of Both Worlds” album he created with Jay-Z, R. Kelly reveals that he would choose Kanye and Drake as the two he would want to re-create the classic concept.  We also hear Kelly speak on working with Lady Gaga and name some of his favorite producers including David Guetta, Dr. Luke and Pharrell.

With his upcoming album “The Buffet” planned out, R. Kelly shares some new music with Wale and Juicy J titled “Marching Band.”  Check out the full interview below and make sure to check back for all things R. Kelly as he prepares his album.


Icon of hip-hop culture and a pivotal part of the MTV News team, Sway has been a staple of the music-news arena for more than a decade. From giving Eminem, Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac their very first radio airplay on his local show in the mid-’90s to providing television viewers with their first good look at some of today’s hottest celebrities in music, film, fashion and sports. Sway has been there for some of music and the world’s biggest moments.

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