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R. Kelly Improvises About Frosted Flakes, Holds ‘Shut Up’ News Conference on ‘Arsenio’

'Black Panties' singer surrounded his Nelson Mandela tribute with lighter fare

The big surprise from R. Kelly’s appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show was his performance of “Soldier’s Heart,” a song for the late Nelson Mandela. But Chicago’s R&B pied piper also put on a striking performance in ways that were less weighted with world-historical import. He held a fake press conference for a theatrical rendition of December 10 album Black Panties’ o-m-g self-justification “Shut Up,” and he reached back to 2010’s Love Letter for the gloriously showy retro-soul of “When a Woman Loves.” After recently making up a song called “Sex Dolphin” for Rolling Stone, Kellz also came up with on-the-spot songs about frosted flakes, relish, and ketchup for Arsenio. The R. did tell host Arsenio Hall he likes comedy in his songs — you knew the man last seen reenacting his lady-cello album cover on Jimmy Kimmel Live! couldn’t stay in a somber mode for an entire TV show.

Watch “Shut Up” above and the other clips below, plus the gleefully entendre-laden interview segment, and scroll to the bottom to revisit Kelly’s Mandela tribute. As a bonus, via The Fader, check out the markedly improved “L.A. Remix” of Black Panties’ rags-to-Versace “My Story,” with West Coast rappers Too $hort and Nipsey Hussle.