Shut Up (R. Kelly song)

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"Shut Up"
RKellyShutUp.jpg
"Shut Up" cover
Song by R. Kelly from the album Black Panties
ReleasedYouTube: November 10, 2011
Album: December 10, 2013
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreR&B
Length4:03
LabelRCA
WriterR. Kelly, Mays
ProducerR. Kelly, Bigg Makk
 
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"Shut Up"
RKellyShutUp.jpg
"Shut Up" cover
Song by R. Kelly from the album Black Panties
ReleasedYouTube: November 10, 2011
Album: December 10, 2013
FormatDigital download
Recorded2011
GenreR&B
Length4:03
LabelRCA
WriterR. Kelly, Mays
ProducerR. Kelly, Bigg Makk

"Shut Up" is a song by American R&B singer R. Kelly, written by R. Kelly himself for his upcoming twelfth solo studio album Black Panties. The song was released on November 10, 2011 via YouTube, The song was his first song he recorded after his throat surgery in 2011, He made this songs for all of the people saying his done and for the media writing false rumors of him. The song has been well received by fans and celebrities, singer Fantasia posted a video telling her fans that they should listen to "Shut Up" right now". K. Michelle made her own version of this song on her latest mixtape, "0 Fucks Given", released on July 15, 2012. The song is the last song on the standard version of the 2013 Black Panties album.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Following his throat surgery in early 2011 he went to Twitter to announce his return on December 10 same year with a link of his first song he writen after the surgery, "Shut Up".

“This song goes out to all the people out there that be running their mouths and they don’t know what the hell they saying—Shut Up.” - R. Kelly

Now that Kellz has his voice back, he has a few things to say. First, he’d like to say thanks to the fans who held him down during his rough patch and give a shout out to the doctors who stayed focused during his surgery. Secondly—but just as important—he’d like to say “Shut Up” to those who started the “tsunami of rumors” that his career was over, to those who said that he was “washed up, he’s lost it, he ain’t got it no more,” and definitely to those people who doubted for a second that “many babies been made off me.” O-M-G.[3]

R. Kelly on his hardest and most emotional song he ever recorded:

"I gotta say ‘Shut Up.’ It’s actually the last song off ‘Black Panties.’ The reason I say ‘Shut Up’ is because it was during a real serious time in my life as far as my vocals were concerned. I had a real big abscess, or something like that, on my vocal chords, [and] after doing a show, I collapsed and ended up in the hospital and doing surgery to get it off. After being in the hospital for two days — I was actually in there for six days — but after two days I started hearing rumors and getting texts and hearing people on the radio saying I’m done and this that and the other — although the doctor did tell me that there was a chance I would not be able to sing as strong or something would be a little different."

"I was really in the dark. I didn’t know what was going on, but they told me not to go in the studio for another month or two weeks or something like that. That’s like telling me to hold my breath for two weeks, and I couldn’t do that. So I got out the hospital six days later, and went right to the studio and started writing this song called ‘Shut Up.’ I was bleeding, I was crying, I was emotional. I was pissed because you give all these people all of this music for all of these years and you work your butt off to be somebody and to be a legend, and the minute it all looks like it’s going down, they just count you out. I was really hurt by that. So all my emotions went into that song."

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Live Performance[edit]

5 December 2013, R. Kelly performed this song for the first time for a live audience on The Arsenio Hall Show.[5][6]

Writing and Recording[edit]

On November 10, 2011, Kelly tweeted to fans "It's been a long time coming but I finally feel a lot better about my throat since the surgery and this is the first song I wrote."[7] followed with "Enjoy!" and a link to a song titled "Shut Up". In the song, Kelly addresses the people who doubted his ability to comeback after the surgery and the rumors that surrounded him while he was in recovery.

Critical Response[edit]

Reviews for "Shut Up" were generally positive: Spin wrote, "Kelly taking aim at the haters who said "he's washed up, he's lost it." He hasn't. Dude's voice is in prime smooth R&B form".[8]

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