Pied Pipeeeeer: 10 Songs You Probably Didn’t Know R. Kelly Wrote

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July 11, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines
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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.

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  • Kay

    He aso wrote ‘Break of Dawn’ on MJ’s invincible album <3
    two greats <3

  • MasonDub

    Did a few joints for Luther Vandross also…WHen you call on me/baby thats when ill come running is one of them….never knew he wrote fortunate for Maxwell though wow

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  • ChiTownBaby

    Ummm correction. Bambino aka Autry Coleman from Chicago wrote bump bump bump. There is a lawsuit to prove it. R Kelly just stole him when HE was working for RKelly helping him write & RKelly promised him a deal. Newer versions include his name after the lawsuit. RKelly took the credit & gave Bam a pair of timbs.

  • alex

    r kelly actually wrote 3 songs for michael Jackson (one more chance, you are not alone and cry) :)

    • MissBEL88

      Yes! I heard his background vocals on “One More Chance”…I love that song =]

      And every time I listened to Fortunate (before seeing this article), I knew I heard Kell’s vocals on the bridge…”silence child I hope you hear/I’m calling’ out to your body”…and that second line was a dead giveaway, too LOL

      • alex

        Yea … R kelly was trying to sound like mike on one more Chance lol… And I love that song too

  • dee

    Good article. Kells is the lyrical genius. His albums..the words…just leaves me speechless

  • Maile00

    Changing Faces…no surprise. He put them on!

  • mlw1924

    well, I’m a huge r kelly fan, & I knew he wrote all those plus plenty others like mj, whitney, mariah, quincy, just to name a few. He so talented, cait wait to hear his newest this summer..

    • WOAHNOW

      I am too. He never wrote for Mariah, she writes/co-writes her own songs, but he did a killer unofficial remix for Touch My Body

    • WOAHNOW

      I am too. He never wrote for Mariah, she writes/co-writes her own songs, but he did a killer unofficial remix for Touch My Body

  • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

    He wrote King of Dancehall????? D^MN Kells I know u did it like that!!!

  • Tee Elyse

    Wow!!!! I would’ve NEVER thought he wrote King of The Dancehall!!! That’s my JAM!!! “Pon bed, pon floor, against wall!” HA!!! Now that I listen to the lyrics, it really ain’t that far off!

  • iking821

    Lyrical GENIUS…I didn’t even have to flip thru the list ….

  • iking821

    Lyrical GENIUS…I didn’t even have to flip thru the list ….

  • iking821

    Lyrical GENIUS…I didn’t even have to flip thru the list ….

  • tracy3

    Someone please list the songs.

  • meisme

    I knew he wrote all of these except king of dancehall and 808.

    • WOAHNOW

      He did not REALLY write King of the Dancehall like he did the others, he just contributed to it and did not produce it either, he did not do the patois or rap

  • Heather

    These are actually some pretty great songs. Didn’t he also write Whitney Houston’s “I look to you”? I didn’t learn that until her funeral.

  • Heather

    These are actually some pretty great songs. Didn’t he also write Whitney Houston’s “I look to you”? I didn’t learn that until her funeral.

    • WOAHNOW

      Yeah he did, and also JS – Ice Cream, which is underrated R&B song

      • Realityh03$Anonymous….ohwait

        That song was do blunt, I hated it but low key loved it! Lol

      • brwnskinlonghair

        I loved JS!!

        • WOAHNOW

          Right? Too bad they faded away

    • Alecia Murphy

      I didn’t know that until the funeral either. I know he also wrote for Celine Dion and a lot of the Isley Brothers’ latest material.

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