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Track review: R. Kelly and 2 Chainz

July 30, 2013|By Ernest Wilkins | RedEye

What feels better than becoming a success? Not much, honestly. R. Kelly hasn’t been broke in awhile, but on his new track, “My Story,” he takes the time to remind you that he’s “from that Chi-town dirt.” Lines like “Them [N-words] talking money, I got more digits in my gate code” are fun jabs that serve as a reminder that Kells is a proud graduate of the Nate Dogg school of talking smack but singing it so beautifully that no one cares much. 

As far as overall quality, the song isn’t going to change your life, and ranks in that fourth tier of R. Kelly songs where he attempts to inject himself into the current mainstream flavor of radio R&B. (If you’re wondering, this is the “Hair Braider”/“Superman High”/“Rockstar” tier. Ugh.) 2 Chainz adds a mostly uninteresting verse about the various travails of being famous. Those more involved in the rap community have to start wondering if he’s entering that “feature superstar-turned boring rapper” phase that acts like Ludacris and Busta Rhymes currently are navigating. 

Honestly, for the first single off of his upcoming 12th solo album “Black Panties,” “Story” could um ... use more crotch fabric. Damn. I’m never going to win a Pulitzer, am I?

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