“My greatest competition is, well, me . . . I’m the Ali of today. I’m the Marvin Gaye of today. I’m the Bob Marley of today. I’m the Martin Luther King, or all the other greats that have come before us. And a lot of people are starting to realize that now.”
– R. Kelly tells the new issue of Hip-Hop Soul magazine
Bold statement, Kelly. And sort of, not true. As memorable of a song “Bump N Grind” maybe, I’m not sure I would call Kelly the “Marvin Gaye of today.” Even though it’s quite clear both “Bump N Grind” and “Sexual Healing” share a similar message. And while Kelly did pioneer the homemade sex video act with minors for the new millennium, I’m not positive that upholds an equal comparison to Martin Luther King. Rob Lowe perhaps, but not Mr. King.
But I guess if R. Kelly’s “greatest competition is, well,” himself, he probably doesn’t have too much to worry about, outside from a few sexual allegation charges and a restraining order against him by his former girlfriend.