Charles Aaron
December 10, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

12 Play

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
R Kelly
Producers
Jive Records

We gave it a C-

No matter how new jack swing is now marketed-hip-hop soul, gangsta swing-it’s become so narcissistic, so lousy with macho cliches, that the genre verges on self-parody. And its horniest, most self-obsessed ”parodist” has to be R. Kelly, who augments a generic voice with the sound of his fly repeatedly zipping and unzipping on 12 Play. More Luther Campbell than Luther Vandross, Kelly croons, ”I like the crotch on you,” then offers the woman dinner at Sizzler. What a romantic.

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