To make it big in the rapping realm, it’s important that you have not only skills and talent, but also an unshakable determination. R Kelly’s climb to the top might not have been the easiest, but he managed to prove that anything is possible if you work hard enough for it.
From Humble Beginnings
Robert Sylvester Kelly was born on January 8, 1967 and was raised by his mother, Joanne, a single parent. She was a singer and influenced Kelly greatly. He was raised as a Baptist and attended the Kenwood Academy and began singing for the choir as early as the age of 8. He would frequently perform in small school productions and plays which made him even more interested in becoming a talent. As he grew up to be a teenager, R Kelly began performing on the streets. His penchant for hip hop and rapping was further improved during this time. In 1990, he managed to snag a deal with MGM Records and released his first single Why You Wanna Play Me. In 1991, he signed on with Jive Records. Two years later, he faced the tragic death of his mother, Joanne.
He made it on the big scene when he appeared as a contestant for the show Big Break. He ended up winning the entire thing and got a prize of $100,000 USD. Kelly’s album was released just shortly after in 1992. His album received positive feedback from both fans and critics and managed to make it to the top of the charts. He released numerous other singles and albums later on which secured his success in the industry. Today, R Kelly is something of a household name, running alongside heavyweights in the industry such as Jay Z and The Notorious B.I.G.
Assets and Net Worth
R Kelly is a popular singer, rapper, record producer, business man, and all around talent. His efforts in the realm of rapping have acquired for him great popularity and wealth. Today, it is estimated that R Kelly’s net worth is within the neighbourhood of close to $150 million USD. The man has his properties in the form of expensive luxury estates such as mansions in posh neighbourhoods, expensive sports cars, jewelry, and designer clothes of which the man is an avid fan. He has begun to lay low as a rapper but is still very active as a producer in the industry today.