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
Author R. Kelly
Associated Artist/Work Jay-Z
Associated Artist/Work Mars, Bruno
Associated Artist/Work Public Announcement
Associated Artist/Work Smooth Jazz All Stars
Associated Artist/Work Spoke, DJ
Associated Artist/Work The Smooth Jazz All Stars
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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