His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop and contemporary R&B artists. During this time, Kelly also became widely known for his remixes. "It wasn't a gimmick," said Ken Gross, the Seagulls owner who signed Kelly. He can play." In 1998, Kelly wrote and produced the debut album of his protégé Sparkle, which was released under his Rockland label and distributed through Interscope.Kelly became the first musician to play professional basketball, when he was signed in 1997. He remixed his own songs, Bump N' Grind, Sex Me and "Homie Lover Friend", a remix featured on the A Low Down Dirty Shame (soundtrack) along with Aaliyah's song, "The Thing I Like" which was written and produced by Kelly, as well. In 2000, Sparkle went Platinum due to the success of the first single,"Be Careful", a duet featuring R. Since the success of Space Jam's "I Believe I Can Fly", Kelly gained notoriety for penning songs to popular soundtracks such as Batman & Robin ("Gotham City") and Life ("Fortunate").Another night during the concert, Kelly stayed on his tour bus for two hours before finally coming out to perform an uninspired set. Kelly halfway through the tour, after a member of Jay-Z's entourage attacked R. On April 25, 2006, it was confirmed that Jay-Z's younger cousin, Tyran (Ty-Ty) Smith confessed in a Manhattan Criminal Court to pepper-spraying R.Kelly and four of his bodyguards at Madison Square Garden in October 2004.At age 11, he was shot in the shoulder while riding his bike home; the bullet is reportedly still lodged in his shoulder. Following the success of 12 Play, Kelly became a demand as a writer and producer. R&B: #1); blocked Kelly's "Your Body's Callin' from the top spot and "At Your Best (You Are Love)" (U. Dyson described Kelly's growth from the 12 Play album: "Kelly reshapes his personal turmoil to artistic benefit" and noted that Kelly is "reborn before our very own ears." The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart, becoming Kelly's first number one album on the chart, and reached number one on the R&B album charts; his second. Kelly spawned three platinum hit singles: "You Remind Me of Something" (U. The album also contains Kelly's international hit, "I Believe I Can Fly", which had been released two years prior on the Space Jam soundtrack. On January 24, 2002, at the press conference announcing The Best of Both Worlds completion, celebrities such as Johnnie Cochran, Russell Simmons, Luther Vandross, and Sean Combs lined up to praise the album, with Jay-Z stating that he hoped the collaboration represents "more unity for black people on a whole." MTV's Shaheem Reid wrote: "And if Jay and Kelly can put their egos to the side long enough to wrap up and promote their album, then their labels — Def Jam and Jive, respectively — can surely figure out a way to join forces and make cheddar together.Kelly was eight years old when he had his first girlfriend. May 24, 1994, Kelly's protégé Aaliyah released her debut album titled Age Ain't Nothing But a Number which was entirely written and produced by R. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. In 1999, Kelly wrote and produced, along with contribution from Wyclef Jean, the majority of the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence film Life. As determined by a coin toss, the album will be distributed on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam in the U. and Canada, while Jive will handle distribution internationally." Jay-Z expressed his frustration about the album leak to MTV News: "It's the gift and the curse. You feel a certain way and you want people to go out and support it.
In 1990, MGM recorded and released their first single "Why You Wanna Play Me"; after releasing the single, the group disbanded. Kelly got his breakthrough in 1989 when he, along with Marc Mc Williams, Vincent Walker and Shawn Brooks, participated on the talent TV show Big Break, hosted by Natalie Cole. Subsequently, Kelly's debut album Born into the 90's was released in early 1992 (credited as R. Released during the new jack swing period of the early nineties, the album yielded the R&B hits "She's Got That Vibe", "Honey Love", "Dedicated", and "Slow Dance (Hey Mr. Kelly's first solo album, 12 Play, was released on November 9, 1993 and yielded the singer's first number-one hit, "Bump N' Grind", which spent a record-breaking 12 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. "Snake", incidentally, became the basis of the dancehall reggae riddim known as Baghdad.
Kelly has written, produced, and remixed songs and albums for many artists, including Aaliyah's 1994 debut album Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Kelly remixed songs for other artists including Aaliyah, Barry White, and Toni Braxton. On November 17, 1998, Kelly released his fourth studio album and first double album R..
In 1996, Kelly was nominated for a Grammy for writing Michael Jackson's song "You Are Not Alone". The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has recognized R. He produced the remix for Janet Jackson's 1994 hit "Any Time, Any Place" which was featured on Jackson's remix album, Janet Remixed. Musically, the album spans different genres from pop (Celine Dion), street rap (Nas and Jay-Z) to Blues ("Suicide").
That same year, Kelly performed The Star-Spangled Banner during the introduction of the world championship boxing fight between Bernard Hopkins and Jermain Taylor.
His performance, which included a line of dancers doing the "stepping" routine and a prerecorded instrumental track set to the sound of "Happy People" was met with a mixed reaction.