R. Kelly’s Best Collaborations With Rappers
“Fiesta (Remix)” featuring Jay Z and Boo & Gotti
One of the first of many R. Kelly/Jay Z collabs, “Fiesta” features Jay setting it off with lines like: “Bullets will chase you like Moët Mimosas.” The Spanish guitar loop adds a great accent to a very laid back song.
“Playas Only” featuring Game
Many people may forget, but Scott Storch was the man in the mid-2000s, producing for a who’s who in the hip-hop and R&B genres. He doesn’t disappoint on “Playas Only,” with his signature sweeping flute and string combinations accompanying Kells and Game well on this carefree track.
“Burn It Up” featuring Winsin Y Yandel
English isn’t the only language they rap in. When R. Kelly decided to give Reggaeton a try, he commissioned two of the biggest names in the genre; super production duo Luny Tunes, and Reggaeton superstars Winsin Y Yandel, to make this infectious jam. I don’t think anyone would have minded if Kells decided to make an entire Reggaeton album if they were filled with bangers like this song.
“I’m A Flirt” (Remix) featuring T.I. and T-Pain
I don’t think Mr. Kelly thought that we understood how much of a flirt he was on the original, so he decided to invite a couple of his friends on the “I’m A Flirt (Remix)” to really help him get his point across. T.I.’s multi-syllabic delivery is a great change of pace on a song where he gives all guys with girlfriends a few words of advice: “Well if ya love ya girl and wanna keep ya girl, don’t be walkin’ up and askin’ me to meet ya girl.” You’ve been warned. Oh, and T-Pain is also on the remix, doing, well, T-Pain things.
“Take You Home With Me” With Jay Z
Here’s yet another awesome R. Kelly/Jay Z collaboration. This track finds The Pied Piper not only singing the hook, but also rapping (well, sing-rapping) a majority of Jay’s first verse from “Ain’t No N***a”. This club banger was a track off of R. Kelly and Jay Z’s otherwise lukewarm Best of Both Worlds album.