*R. Kelly is literally playing a woman like a cello on the cover of his upcoming album “Black Panties.”
The singer revealed the album’s cover art and tracklist Tuesday (Nov. 19), ahead of its scheduled Dec. 10 release date.
The cover for the standard version of “Black Panties” (above) features a partially-masked Kells using a nearly-naked woman as a cello, while the deluxe edition finds the singer surrounded by dozens of scantily-clad woman wearing – of course — black panties.
The tracklist, which numbers 13 songs, includes a number of featured artists, including Ludacris, Kelly Rowland, 2 Chainz and Jeezy. The deluxe version features four additional songs, with contributions from Migos, Juicy J and Future.
The R&B singer has been busy in the weeks leading up to the release of “Black Panties,” guesting on Lady Gaga’s second “ARTPOP” single “Do What U Want” (performing the song on “SNL”) and on Justin Bieber’s newly-released Music Mondays tune “PYD.”
Kanye West (L) 2 Chainz peform for Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday at TAO in New York
*Kanye West and 2 Chainz performed for Leonardo DiCaprio’s birthday bash at TAO in New York City Sunday night.
The actor, who turned 39 today (Nov. 11), was joined by 100 of his closest friends as Ye took the stage to perform his hit singles, including “Good Life” and “Gold Digger”; and 2 Chainz, real name Tauheed Epps, sang his own version of “Happy Birthday.”
The bash raised millions of dollars for DiCaprio’s foundation.
R. Kelly arrives at Rehab at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas (September 22, 2013)
*R. Kelly fans will have to wait a little longer to get into his “Black Panties.”
Originally scheduled for a Nov. 11 release, Rolling Stone reports that Kelly’s new album has been delayed until December, citing some production tweaks.
While “Black Panties” is currently without an official tracklist, the 46-year-old singer reportedly includes songs called “F–kin’ With The Lights On,” “Girls Kissing Girls,” and an already released single “Genius,” in which Kelly describes himself as a “sex genius.” [Scroll down to listen.]
“Make no mistake about it, R. Kelly is not going anywhere,” Kelly said in a recent interview about his work. “It’s just that R. Kelly has such a unique talent, and I’ve been blessed to be able to do all type of genres of music… I’m exploring my gift right now.”
Now scheduled to hit stores on Dec. 10, R. Kelly’s “Black Panties” includes collaborations with Future, 2 Chainz, and Ludacris.
*Monday night “The Arsenio Hall Show” welcomedactor and comedian Nick Cannon (“America’s Got Talent”), “Lilyhammer” star and E Street band member, Steven Van Zandt, and a performance by hip-hop artist, 2 Chainz featuring Chrisette Michele and Sunni Patterson.
The newly crowned Miss America, Nina Davuluri, also joined Arsenio Hall on the couch.
If you missed it, check out these clips from the show:
Nick Cannon’s ‘Slow Motion Twerk’
Nick Cannon improvises a song about an audience member, and it gets wild:
2 Chainz Performs ‘Black Unicorn’
2 Chainz brings out the full band for ‘”Black Unicorn”:
Selected quip from the show:
“Last night, Air France officials intercepted 30 suitcases containing 1.3 tons of cocaine. In a related story, Charlie Sheen’s Emmy party was held at the Air France evidence locker.” – Arsenio Hall
*While making his rounds to celebrate the release of his sophomore album “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time,” rapper 2 Chainz made a guest appearance on MSNBC’s “Now With Alex Wagner.”
Specifically, 2 Chainz dropped in to discuss his cookbook, new album and New York’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy.
The lead single from “B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time” is the single “Feds Watching.” So host Alex Wagner took the opportunity to ask Chainz for his opinion on surveillance issues in the minority community.
“’Feds Watching’ is a reality record. It’s no secret that our country has been — somebody is monitoring us every step of the way, every cell phone, so many satellite towers. For me, being a rap artist, having my schedule online, it’s really not hard. Being a part of social media, Twitter, Instagram, whatever it is, it’s not really hard. Our privacy is basically eliminated at the end of the day. So I feel like, you know, it’s another step with the government, for a lot of rappers and entertainment, period, we walk on egg shells not to make any mistakes because almost everything we do is under a scope.”
Ultimately, he added, “I just try to entertain without boring” the audience, and he prefers to educate listeners in more subtle ways. “They might dance and party to some of my music but it still may have an underlying meaning or substance involved,” he said.
*Police in Oklahoma City searched the tour bus of rapper 2 Chainz and discovered two semi-automatic pistols and a 12-gauge pump shotgun along with some prescription painkillers and marijuana residue.
The bus was occupied by 2 Chainz and 10 other men, according to documents filed Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court.
After refusing to get off the bus following a traffic stop, the men were arrested. 2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, had performed with Lil Wayne and T.I. in Oklahoma City the night before.
They were all charged with obstructing a police officer, a misdemeanor, then released after paying $2,000 bail.
The Oklahoman reports that along with the pistols and box of ammo for them, twenty shells for the 12-gauge shotgun also were seized.
The search warrant states that there was also prescription medications hydrocodone and Flexeril but no prescriptions for their use, as well as marijuana residue, metal grinders and smoking papers with marijuana residue.
The tour bus was initially pulled over on interstate 40 due to “broken taillights,” according to the affidavit filed last week.
The affidavit says the officer “could actually see smoke inside the bus around the door,” and that a passenger on the bus, Abdullah Mujahid, shook his head “no” when he was ordered to get off. He proceeded to hold up a small copy of the U.S. Constitution.