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Format: CD
Sku: 60581692
UPC: 012414181220
UPC 14: 00012414181220
Release Date: 2/18/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Chocolate Factory ~ R. Kelly
2. Step In The Name Of Love ~ R. Kelly
3. Heart Of A Woman ~ R. Kelly
4. I'll Never Leave ~ R. Kelly
5. Been Around The World - (featuring Ja Rule) ~ R. Kelly
6. You Made Me Love You ~ R. Kelly
7. Forever ~ R. Kelly
8. Dream Girl ~ R. Kelly
9. Ignition ~ R. Kelly
10. Ignition - (remix) ~ R. Kelly
11. Forever More ~ R. Kelly
12. You Knock Me Out ~ R. Kelly
13. Step In The Name Of Love - (remix) ~ R. Kelly
14. Imagine That ~ R. Kelly
15. Showdown - (featuring Ronald Isley) ~ R. Kelly
16. Snake - (featuring Big Tigger) ~ R. Kelly
17. Who's That - (featuring Fat Joe) ~ R. Kelly
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Recorded at Rockland Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Abel Garibaldi; Peter Mokran; R. Kelly; Serban Ghenea; Tony Maserati ; Ian Mereness.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographer: Reisig.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: The Soul Children; Walt Whitman & the Soul Children of Chicago .
Muze PNote Arranger: R. Kelly.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Kara Buhl; R. Kelly

Engineer: Joe Donatello; Abel Garibaldi; Andy Gallas; Ian Mereness; Carl Robinson

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Ja Rule
Muze Guest Artist Ronald Isley
Muze Guest Artist Big Tigger
Muze Guest Artist Fat Joe

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Life After Death (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Share My World
Muze Music Compilations Soul Of A Woman
Muze Music Compilations Belly (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Strip Jointz
Muze Music Compilations Life
Muze Music Compilations Mirror Mirror
Muze Music Compilations Dynasty-Roc La Familia 2000 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations 1990's Americas Top 10
Muze Music Compilations Fast and The Furious (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ali (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Nu Nation Project
Muze Music Compilations When I'm With You
Muze Music Compilations 2 Fast 2 Furious (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Totally R&b
Muze Music Compilations Booty Time
Muze Music Compilations Big Money Heavyweights (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Essential Isley Brothers
Muze Music Compilations Kamikaze (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1 (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Island Def Jam Recording Presents 1
Muze Music Compilations From Q With Love
Muze Music Compilations Pa'l Mundo
Muze Music Compilations Duets:final Chapter
Muze Music Compilations Baby Makin Music
Muze Music Compilations Exodus(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold 2006 (w/Bonus DVD)(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations The Inspiration(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dj Kazzanova:reggaton Mixes
Muze Music Compilations Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Inspiration: Thug Motivation 102 (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Hits (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Young Jeezy Presents Usda:cold Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Young Jeezy Presents Usda:cold Summer
Muze Music Compilations Toby Love-Reloaded
Muze Music Compilations Definitive Collection
Muze Music Compilations One Man Band Man(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations These Are Special Times(w/ Bonus DVD)
Muze Music Compilations Brass Knuckles(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trilla(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Solution(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Solution
Muze Music Compilations Cash Money Records:10 Years Of Bling
Muze Music Compilations Doll Domination
Muze Music Compilations Doll Domination
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Love Behind The Melody
Muze Music Compilations My Love Essential Collection
Muze Music Compilations Crunk Rock(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Dark Side(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Tyrese
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Tyrese
Muze Music Compilations King Of Hearts(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations King Of Hearts
Muze Music Compilations Slow Grind
Muze Music Compilations Revolver - Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Revolver - Deluxe Edition (Edit)
Muze Music Compilations Icon(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Playlist:very Best Of Wyclef Jean
Muze Music Compilations That's My Jam
Muze Music Compilations Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Pluto 3D(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Trouble Man:heavy Is The Head(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rich Gang(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rich Gang(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Rich Gang
Muze Music Compilations Rich Gang
Muze Music Compilations ARTPOP(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Artpop
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Now 49
Muze Music Compilations Soul (tyrese)
Muze Music Compilations Hood Billionaire
Muze Music Compilations HOOD BILLIONAIRE(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Christmas 2

Associated Artists and Works

The Best Of Both Worlds [PA] ~ Jay-Z
Unfinished Business [Clean] [Edited] ~ Jay-Z
Mars, Bruno
Public Announcement
Smooth Jazz All Stars
Spoke, DJ
The Smooth Jazz All Stars
Smooth Jazz Tribute to R. Kelly: Greatest Hits ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 02/18/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 4812
Music Label Name Label : Jive (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00012414181220

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..."

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