Don’t count on R. Kelly to come up with a logical, modest title for his memoir. After all, this is the man who brought us the epic hip-hopera “Trapped in the Closet,” with one music video for each of its 22 chapters. He doesn’t work well within constraints. That’s why we can do nothing but snicker when we learned the title of his autobiography—Soula Coaster: The Diary of Me.
Let’s not forget that the R&B star had some help in writing about his life, from one David Ritz. Ritz has co-authored four autobiographies for musicians, all of whom were held in much higher esteem than his current subject: Jerry Wexler, The Neville Brothers, B.B. King, and Etta James. But we’re willing to bet that the title was all Kelly.
As if that’s not enough, the cover features the singer reenacting his famous Space Jam anthem “I Believe I Can Fly” while being besieged by a bunch of microphones. Is this meant to show how popular he is? Because the time he got the most media coverage was for something decidedly bad. (Namely, his indiscretions with an underage girl back in 2002.) Might not want to remind us of that.