The Reason You Don’t Hear From R. Kelly Anymore

It wasn’t so long ago that R. Kelly was literally everywhere. After breaking away from the group Public Announcement in the early 1990s, he released a chart smashing solo-album.

At one point in his career, he was dubbed the King of R&B by MTV. I mean, it’s hard to blame them as his songs skipped from sex symbol ballads to suave bad-boy story-telling with ease. But, time has not been kind to R.Kelly. Between serious allegations, gossip, and bad missteps, he’s gone from hero to zero very quickly.

The Beginning

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Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc

R.Kelly got his breakthrough in 1989 when he, and three other guys, participated in a talent show called Big Break, which they ended up winning. By 1992, he had his first album with Public Announcement, and popularity from the show.

Kelly was the lead singer of the group, and they would end up going on tour together. By 1993, Kelly saw bigger opportunities as a solo artist and he disbanded from the group.