R. Kelly will release his 12th album, Black Panties, on Dec. 10. The Chicago R&B crooner has enlisted several people for his new effort including Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, Ludacris and 2 Chainz. Future, Migos and Juicy J make the LP’s deluxe edition.
Black Panties was inspired by — you guessed it — a swarm of panties being thrown at R. Kelly during a concert. “I was on stage doing my Love Letter tour and I broke down into “Seems Like You’re Ready,” Kelly told VIBE. “So I start singing (the line) “Temperatures rising” and here come the panties. It was all different colors but then this one particular pair of panties—they were black and medium—landed on my mic and my wrist, and immediately I said, that’s a sign. I gotta go back and write a song called ‘Black Panties.’”