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

His First Number One

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His first solo album, 12 Play, yielded the singer’s first number one hit, “Bump N’ Grind.” The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, and eventually went six times platinum.

At this point, in 1994, he was basically a household name in the music industry. He was then considered someone who almost everybody wanted to work with. This is when he met singer and songwriter, Aaliyah.