12 Play (1993) 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… R. Kelly R&B
Music Review

12 Play (1993)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Lead Performance: R. Kelly; Genre: R&B

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.

Originally posted Dec 10, 1993 Published in issue #200 Dec 10, 1993 Order article reprints