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Chocolate Factory

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R. Kelly was hardly a stranger to controversy in the early 2000s. In addition to being hit with 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago and 12 more in Polk County, FL, the beleaguered singer/producer faced various sex-related civil suits. All those scandals have, at times, overshadowed his music, which is regrettable because Chocolate Factory has a lot going for it. Emphasizing romantic slow jams, and not as ambitious or risk-taking as 1998's R. -- which is arguably Kelly's best, most essential release despite its own imperfections -- Chocolate Factory, like 2000s TP-2.Com, tends to play it safe. But that doesn't mean Chocolate Factory is without merit; what it lacks in ambition, it makes up for in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Many of the influences that have served Kelly well on previous efforts continue to serve him well on this 2003 release; influences that range from the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder to Prince, Babyface, and hip-hop. All of those influences were noticeable on Kelly's '90s albums, and they are still noticeable on Chocolate Factory. Nonetheless, Kelly has always been his own man; that is especially obvious when he features Ronald Isley on "Showdown" (not to be confused with the Isley Brothers' 1978 recording). Hearing Kelly and Isley side by side, listeners can easily see how Kelly is able to draw on Isley's influence while projecting a firm, recognizable identity of his own. One hopes that in the future, Kelly will come out with some more albums that are as challenging as R.; even so, Chocolate Factory will go down in history as a solid and pleasing, if somewhat predictable, addition to the Chicagoan's catalog.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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1
Chocolate Factory
R. Kelly
00:03:50

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

2
Step In the Name of Love LP Version
R. Kelly
00:05:42

Flip Osmond, 2nd Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Kyle White, 2nd Engineer - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer - Andy Gallas, 2nd Engineer - Kendall Nesbitt, Keyboards - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

3
Heart Of A Woman
R. Kelly
00:04:31

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Abel Garibaldi, Mixing Engineer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

4
I'll Never Leave
R. Kelly
00:03:45

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

5
Been Around The World
R. Kelly featuring Ja Rule
00:04:05

Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - John Hanes, Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - R. Kelly featuring Ja Rule, Performer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

6
You Made Me Love You
R. Kelly
00:04:34

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Abel Garibaldi, Mixing Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

7
Forever
R. Kelly
00:04:06

Hart Hollman & The Motown Romance Orchestra, Performer - Greg Landfair, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Carl Robinson, Recording Engineer - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Paul Riser, Orchestrator - Paul Riser, Arranger - Paul Riser, Conductor - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

8
Dream Girl
R. Kelly
00:03:57

Donnie Lyle, Keyboards - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

9
Ignition
R. Kelly
00:03:16

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2002 Zomba Recording LLC

10
Ignition Remix
R. Kelly
00:03:06

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Jason Mlodzinski, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Performer - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Sony Music Entertainment

11
Forever More
R. Kelly
00:03:33

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

12
You Knock Me Out
R. Kelly
00:04:10

Henry Love, Congas - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Tony Maserati, Mixing Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer - Greg Landfair, Guitar

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

13
Step In The Name Of Love Remix
R. Kelly
00:07:12

Paul Riser, Orchestrator - Paul Riser, Arranger - Paul Riser, Conductor - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Carl Robinson, Recording Engineer - Hart Hollman & The Motown Romance Orchestra, Performer - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Performer

(P) 2003 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Imagine That
R. Kelly
00:04:38

Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Bass - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - Kim Johnson, Background Vocal - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Performer - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

15
Showdown
R. Kelly featuring Ron Isley
00:07:54

R. Kelly featuring Ronald Isley, Performer - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Programmer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Ian Mereness, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

16
Snake Album Version
R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger
00:04:51

Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Donnie Lyle, Acoustic Bass - R. Kelly featuring Big Tigger, Performer - John Hanes, Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

17
Who's That Edited
R. Kelly featuring Fat Joe
00:03:33

Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - Abel Garibaldi, Recording Engineer - Christina DeLeon, Background Vocal - Donnie Lyle, Guitar - Fat Joe, Composer - Fat Joe, Lyricist - John Hanes, Engineer - Rodney East, Keyboards - Ian Mereness, Recording Engineer - Ian Mereness, Programmer - Andy Gallas, Recording Engineer - Andy Gallas, Programmer - R. Kelly, Composer - R. Kelly, Lyricist - R. Kelly, Arranger - R. Kelly, Producer - R. Kelly, Mixing Engineer - R. Kelly featuring Fat Joe, Performer

(P) 2003 Zomba Recording LLC

Album Description

R. Kelly was hardly a stranger to controversy in the early 2000s. In addition to being hit with 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago and 12 more in Polk County, FL, the beleaguered singer/producer faced various sex-related civil suits. All those scandals have, at times, overshadowed his music, which is regrettable because Chocolate Factory has a lot going for it. Emphasizing romantic slow jams, and not as ambitious or risk-taking as 1998's R. -- which is arguably Kelly's best, most essential release despite its own imperfections -- Chocolate Factory, like 2000s TP-2.Com, tends to play it safe. But that doesn't mean Chocolate Factory is without merit; what it lacks in ambition, it makes up for in terms of quality and craftsmanship. Many of the influences that have served Kelly well on previous efforts continue to serve him well on this 2003 release; influences that range from the Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Michael Jackson, and Stevie Wonder to Prince, Babyface, and hip-hop. All of those influences were noticeable on Kelly's '90s albums, and they are still noticeable on Chocolate Factory. Nonetheless, Kelly has always been his own man; that is especially obvious when he features Ronald Isley on "Showdown" (not to be confused with the Isley Brothers' 1978 recording). Hearing Kelly and Isley side by side, listeners can easily see how Kelly is able to draw on Isley's influence while projecting a firm, recognizable identity of his own. One hopes that in the future, Kelly will come out with some more albums that are as challenging as R.; even so, Chocolate Factory will go down in history as a solid and pleasing, if somewhat predictable, addition to the Chicagoan's catalog.
© Alex Henderson /TiVo

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