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Must read: Will Oldham interviews R. Kelly

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Wherein exchanges like this happen:

KELLY: ...no one—including me— understands my mind, creatively. I haven’t really been formally introduced to my gift yet. I feel like I’m still on the runway.

OLDHAM: How do you mean? Can you explain that more?

KELLY: I haven’t figured me out yet.

OLDHAM: On a percentage basis, how much of you do you feel like you’ve figured out?

KELLY: I think 50 percent. I feel like I’m still sitting on the runway and waiting for my clearance to take off. I’ve gotten a lot accomplished, though, sitting on the runway. But I don’t think I’ve flown yet.

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OLDHAM: Do you think you’ll visit another era?

KELLY: I’m thinking of going back to the Shaft [1971] days next year and just see what it’s like to bring that back to R&B. It’s interesting because when I was a kid I used to watch, like, Back to the Future [1985], where the man would call “Marty!” and they would jump in the little car and go back to the future. And I always said, “Man, that’s how I want to be able to travel with my gift.” So it’s funny that I just sit here now, and I feel like I can get in my musical time machine and just travel anywhere I want....

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