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Despite the controversy that has dogged his career, R. Kelly remains one of the greatest R&B artists of the modern era. Unsurprisingly, the Chicago-born musician is working on new music and heading out on tour this summer.

His 14th studio album, Buffet, should be out this year. While we don’t know yet if it will be as salacious as his last, Black Panties, we do know that Trey Songz and other sexually explicit R&B singers should probably be paying him royalties. But lest anyone think Kelly is one-dimensional, pick up his Love Letters CD released a few years ago, and recognize that if nothing else, the man is versatile.

He says his new CD will be “All that you can hear.”

Kelly has recently taken up residence in Atlanta, but remains a Chicago native to the end and still has a home there. In fact, that’s where he’s currently holed up in the studio.

“The music is in me, so it’s all good,” says Kelly.

As far as his hits are concerned even Kelly has lost track. So how many times does he go to to the mailbox to pick up a royalty check?

“I’ve never been to a mailbox,” he says.

As far as rumors that Kelly is broke, despite his hits, he says “I should have said ‘yes’ because I’m tired of people asking me for money.”  (Despite reports, he says he’s doing just fine.)

After almost 30 years in the business, Kelly says every day he’s remained in the game has been a good day.

“Every day, every second, every hour, of those years put me where I’m at now. My character is strong, I feel good, better than I ever have before.”

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