R. Kelly’s concert tour had a rough start as it was, with all the mandated court appearances cutting into showtime and whatnot. Now it’s losing its opening acts. “Let them tell it, I was removed from the R. Kelly tour because of contractual agreements not being met,” Ne-Yo said in an interview with BET. “But that’s absolutely false.” Seems that, fittingly for an R. Kelly tour, there was some Oedipal shit* going down behind the scenes.
“I believe it was because the first few reviews of the show, people were talking more about my set than his and I don’t think he liked that too much,” said Ne-Yo. So will he be spraying R. Kelly down with a can of mace the next time they run into each other? He laughs, “Nah, Nah. I’m gonna keep doing what I do, because it’s obvious that’s what was hurting him.”
Now Ne-Yo, you know we love you more than cranberry sauce, but though he may be crazier than a middle-aged woman drunk off tryptophan and box wine, you may remember R. Kelly reminding you repeatedly that he is the king of R&B. That was no idle boast, though if he keeps dropping padded crud like Double Up, you have a chance to take him down for good (provided the Cook County penal system doesn’t get there first).
* In this case the mother would be the American public’s affection. Or something.