Chocolate Factory CD (2003)

Artist: R. Kelly

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Label Jive Records
SKU 60581692
UPC 012414181220
UPC 14 00012414181220
Format CD
Release Date 2/18/2003
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Author R. Kelly
Compilation Appearance Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Share My World
Compilation Appearance Soul Of A Woman
Compilation Appearance Belly (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Life
Compilation Appearance Dynasty-Roc La Familia 2000 (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance 1990's Americas Top 10
Compilation Appearance Fast and The Furious (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ali (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Nu Nation Project
Compilation Appearance When I'm With You
Compilation Appearance 2 Fast 2 Furious (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Totally R&b
Compilation Appearance Big Money Heavyweights (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Compilation Appearance From Q With Love
Compilation Appearance Baby Makin Music
Compilation Appearance Exodus(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Baby Makin Music
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2006 (w/Bonus DVD)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Compilation Appearance Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 (Cln)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Young Jeezy Presents Usda:cold Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Toby Love-Reloaded
Compilation Appearance Brass Knuckles(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trilla(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Solution(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Compilation Appearance Solution
Compilation Appearance From Illmatic To Stillmatic The Remix
Compilation Appearance Cash Money Records:10 Years Of Bling
Compilation Appearance Doll Domination
Compilation Appearance Doll Domination
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Love Behind The Melody
Compilation Appearance My Love Essential Collection
Compilation Appearance Crunk Rock(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Dark Side(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Tyrese
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Tyrese
Compilation Appearance King Of Hearts(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Essential Isley Brothers
Compilation Appearance Booty Time
Compilation Appearance Vol. 2-Strip Jointz
Compilation Appearance The Inspiration(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Definitive Collection
Compilation Appearance King Of Hearts
Compilation Appearance Slow Grind
Compilation Appearance Icon(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Compilation Appearance Something on the Inside: An Inspirational Collection of Songs
Compilation Appearance That's My Jam
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Pluto 3D(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Trouble Man:heavy Is The Head(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rich Gang(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rich Gang(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Rich Gang
Compilation Appearance Rich Gang
Compilation Appearance ARTPOP(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Artpop
Compilation Appearance 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Now 49
Compilation Appearance Soul (tyrese)
Compilation Appearance Hood Billionaire
Compilation Appearance HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Christmas 2
Compilation Appearance Full Speed
Compilation Appearance FULL SPEED(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance MAGIC MIKE XXL (OST)(Explicit Version)
Technical Info
Engineer Joe Donatello; Abel Garibaldi; Andy Gallas; Ian Mereness; Carl Robinson
Producer Kara Buhl; R. Kelly
CatalogID 4812
Lable Name Jive (USA)
Released 02/18/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00012414181220
Musical Guests
Ja Rule
Ronald Isley
Big Tigger
Fat Joe
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: R. Kelly (vocals); Donnie Lyle (guitar, bass); Rodney East (keyboards); Henry Love (congas); Christina DeLeon (background vocals); Ja Rule, Ronald Isley, Big Tigger, Fat Joe.
Recorded at Rockland Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
CHOCOLATE FACTORY was nominated for the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. "Step In The Name Of Love" was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Personnel: Donnie Lyle (guitar, keyboards); Gregg Landfair (guitar); Percy Bady, Rodney East, Kendall D. Nesbitt (keyboards); Henry Love (congas); Joe Donatello, Abel Garibaldi, Andy Gallas, Ian Mereness (programming); Deatta Staples, Kim Johnson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Abel Garibaldi; Peter Mokran; R. Kelly; Serban Ghenea; Tony Maserati ; Ian Mereness.
Recording information: Chicago Recording Company, Chicago, IL; Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA; Rock Land Studios, Chicago, IL; Soup Can Music, Harper Woods, MI; Vanguard Studios, Oak Park, MI.
Photographer: Reisig.
Unknown Contributor Roles: The Soul Children; Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago .
Arranger: R. Kelly.
In an effort to distract himself from the myriad post-millennial legal woes dogging him, R. Kelly retreated to the studio where in true fashion, he wrote, sang, produced, and arranged his sixth album CHOCOLATE FACTORY. In trying to escape from his personal problems, Kelly succeeded in coming up with a lengthy outing infused with the kind of slow soul that brings to mind great names like Al Green and Marvin Gaye. The laid-back harmonies and testimonial fervor of "Forever" scream Gamble & Huff-produced Stylistics, light funk beats propel "You Knock Me Out," and the remix of "Step In the Name of Love" finds the Chicago native lifting Gaye's phrasing from the "What's Goin' On" era and pumping it into this mid-tempo jam.
Breaking up this solo slow-jam fest are guest shots by Ja Rule (an embattled "Been Around the World"), Ronald Isley (the skit-song "Showdown"), and Fat Joe (the Latin-pop-flavored "Who's That".) Although CHOCOLATE FACTORY could stand a bit of trimming, its musical essence reflects a rich talent whose personal travails could never negate anything he might be able to bring to the creative table.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/25/03, p.107) - Included in Rolling Stone's "50 Best Albums of 2003"
Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.61) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...As a singer, songwriter and producer, he's at the top of his game..."
Entertainment Weekly (2/28/03, pp.77-78) - "...A collection of the sort of steamy, silky slow jams at which Kelly...has always excelled..." - Rating: B-
Vibe (4/03, pp.173-4) - 4 discs out of 5 - "...R. Kelly has always walked the line between sinner and saint. This time, however, we see the stumbles and glimpse one man's weaknesses and human frailties..."
Mojo (Publisher) (5/03, p.100) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...CHOCOLATE FACTORY seems positively inspired....An impressively varied opus..."
Disc 1
1 Chocolate Factory
2 Step In The Name Of Love
3 Heart Of A Woman
4 I'll Never Leave
5 Been Around The World - (featuring Ja Rule)
6 You Made Me Love You
7 Forever
8 Dream Girl
9 Ignition
10 Ignition - (remix)
11 Forever More
12 You Knock Me Out
13 Step In The Name Of Love - (remix)
14 Imagine That
15 Showdown - (featuring Ronald Isley)
16 Snake - (featuring Big Tigger)
17 Who's That - (featuring Fat Joe)

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