R. Kelly’s Saga Continues

The drama’s far from over in R. Kelly’s song soap-opera “Trapped in the Closet”


R. Kelly just might be trying to put himself in the running for the Soap Opera Digest Awards since he doesn’t seem to be letting up on the melodrama that is his song- “Trapped in the Closet,” any time soon. In fact, the singer also know as Kels, has said that he intends to surpass 22 chapters of the saga!

What do you get when you mix a slew of cheating couples, a country housewife and a midget?  Why R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet” of course! “Trapped in the Closet” is a song that was made popular because of its chorus-less story-telling setup, broken into parts; with cliffhangers at the end of each part. The story starts out following a man named Sylvester, played by R. Kelly.  Sylvester wakes up, after a long night in the club, in another woman’s bed.  Her husband comes home, and thus begins a complex story of cheating, unexpected lovers, gun shots, noisy neighbors, and of course, the midget.

Originally, there were five chapters that appeared on R.Kelly’s CD TP.3 Reloaded.The original chapters drove his LP to the top of the Billboard charts. With first-week sales of close to half a million, the album debuted at #1, beating out Missy Elliot and Coldplay. Fans and radio stations were buzzing about the drama, and the song, saw so much success that R. Kelly decided to record three additional chapters for the radio.  The story continued with chapters 9-12, that were released on DVD late November

While fans enjoyed the lyrical saga, some think that it is starting to go too far.

        ”I think it is getting ridiculous,” said Lauren Johnson, a junior at HowardUniversity. “It was cool and exciting in the beginning, meaning like the first 5 chapters but now it is getting corny. R. Kelly will drive himself into the ground if he keeps that nonsense up!”

But R. Kelly seems to think that his fans want more.  According to the Associated Press, “Kelly says he actually has 22 chapters completed, ‘and it’s still going.'”  He plans to release the entire saga on DVD.  

  “Other characters are being introduced into the whole situation, and it’s just this big whirlwind, a circle of just drama, of things that really do happen on the earth,” he told The Associated Press. “It’s gonna flip people out because some people are going to see themselves in these chapters, and that’s what keeps the excitement going I think that’s what keeps people going, ‘I’ve got the get the next one!”’

On an Oct. 28 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live," R. Kelly talked about the possibility of developing the saga into a play.

“I’m excited to see how the story unfolds,” said Monica Banks, a sophomore at UCLA, “I actually bought the DVD and the story gets really good.”

The story “Trapped in the Closet” has no indication of ending anytime soon.  So sit back, pull out the popcorn, and listen to R. Kelly continue to give the world drama, one chapter at a time.

Can’t keep up with all the drama?  Visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trapped_in_the_Closet for a complete synopsis of “Trapped in the Closet” Parts 1-13, character developments, and theories!