Say what you want about R. Kelly personally (we get it, he’s a mess), but musically his contributions to the jams on our iPods has been major. When we’re not listening to one of his classics (my personal favorite is the “I Can’t Sleep” remix), we’re listening to somebody else’s music that he wrote and produced. And while you can often tell when he’s written a song for an artist (he sometimes does background vocals for them or appears in their video), sometimes his contributions go unnoticed. But not anymore! Here are 10 songs written by the R-uh that you might not have known he was behind.
“808” by Blaque
Boom like an “808” was by R. Kelly? Tis true, tis true. It was written solely by Kelly and he also helped to produce the track. Released in 1999, they were the supposed to be the new Millennium’s TLC, and they gained a lot of attention out the gates with this song. It was a hit, peaking at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, and four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks.