It’s as if R. Kelly has stepped out of a time machine. He was previewing his upcoming 12th studio album, "Black Panties," out Dec. 10 on RCA Records, at New York’s Platinum Studio on Nov. 12, confidently donning an all-black, mostly leather outfit reminiscent of ones he wore in his classic, President Clinton-era R&B videos. But it wasn’t until the singer/songwriter/producer born Robert Kelly hit play that it became clear the music would be a throwback to his younger, racier years as well. “I’m on my Benjamin Button right now.

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