In the words of today's birthday girl, R. Kelly told you to give him a minute and he'll be right back. Kells had taken a brief pause from doing anything Aziz Ansari would want to parody to record some more PG-rated jams that would make great wedding music for people in their 30s and 40s—cool stuff, but not the true R.—but he allayed the fears of an anxious nation in a phone conference in which he denied that the Bumping n' Grinding R. Kelly was dead to rights:
Absolutely not, and I tell people all the time man...Make no mistake about it, R. Kelly is not going anywhere, it's just that R. Kelly has such a unique talent, and I've been blessed to be able to do all type of genres of music ... I'm exploring my gift right now.
Good news, with even better news to follow, as Robert revealed his bad self would be re-appearing relatively soon:
The name of my next album is Black Panties — that's my next 12 Play...I'm going to have some fun on it.
If it really is a return to 12 Play—which, for the unfamiliar, had hits with titles like "Bump n' Grind," "Your Body's Calling," and "Sex Me (Parts 1 & 2)"—then we imagine we'll have some fun listening to it as well. Trey Songz will probably be filling the middle-aged-party-music void soon enough anyway.