When R.Kelly hooked up with Britney Spears to produce her almost single "Outrageous" for her 2004 album In The Zone, he was an in-demand songwriter and producer. He'd weathered the backlash of his underage sex scandal by cooking up irresistibly catchy ditties like "Ignition Part 2" and at the time, he was busy producing for people like Nick Cannon, B2K, Ciara, Michael Jackson and Ginuwine.
It was an odd pairing somewhat back then, but it worked. Britney was able to sell R.Kelly's freak song about an "outrageous" sex drive and shopping spree thanks to her naughty but nice persona.
Now, perhaps as the result of an itch for a reunion with the Britser, R.Kelly has unnecessarily jumped on a remix of Britney's latest hit, "Till The World Ends," and it's pretty awful. Like old-uncle-trying-to-do-the-dougie-at-your-graduation-party awkward.
R. Kelly might be able to genre hop between R&B and gospel music but he sure as hell can't touch dance-pop with a ten foot pole. Just because you put autotune on your voice and hop on a boom boom pow beat doesn't mean you're will.i.am. This dance thing ain't for everybody!
Listen to R.Kelly's head-scratching remix to Britney's song below