R. Kelly Gives Obama A Bit More Illinois-Based Trouble

Dec 16th, 2008 // 6 Comments

As if an association with Lego-haired Governor Blagojevich wasn’t quite enough hassle for President-elect Obama these days, R. Kelly was nice enough to get into the fray with a tribute track called “I Believe,” which is available on iTunes today. While I’m sure Obama appreciates all the support he can get, unfortunately, “I Believe” is barely worth the time it took me to download the track for free from iTunes. Half the sentiment seems recycled from the similarly titled “I Believe I Can Fly,” but besides that, will.i.am really beat Kells to the punch on this whole market and for Robert to bring such weak material after the bandwagon has passed is a little disappointing. There were so many possibilities just from his previous (better) material: “Step in the Name of Change”? “Your Obama’s Calling”? “(Inauguration) Fiesta”? “(Michelle’s) In the (White House) Kitchen”? Kells hasn’t been the same since they put him through that awful trial. Just not the same. [YouTube]

  1. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Trapped in the White House?

  2. Lucas Jensen

    Why wasn’t “In The Kitchen (remix)” a bigger hit? That song is amazing, particularly the rant at the beginning.

  3. Anthony Miccio


  4. Anonymous

    More R Kelly bashing. It gets boring after a while.

    Guess what, R Kelly and Obama both live in Chi-Town chances are they probably have spoken once or twice. I don’t think R Kelly would create a song in Obama’s honor if he didn’t first approve of it.

    I’m sure R Kelly ran the idea passed him before he started writing. If Elton John could rewrite “Goodbye Norma Jean” in honor of Princess Diana then why can’t R Kelly rewrite “I Believe I Can Fly” for Obama. The song is appropriate. Its about flying over impossible obstacles. Don’t you think Obama has done that???

  5. Lucas Jensen

    @braidedgirl: It was cheesy when Elton John did it, and it’s cheesy now.

  6. mhulot

    How about “I Like the Hope on You”? “Change Planet”?


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