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Soulacoaster by R. Kelly
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Jun 28, 2012

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where do you even begin with a book like this? a long time ago, i read a news article about how kells was going to release this autobiography. right then, i knew i had to read it. why? BECAUSE IT IS CALLED SOULACOSTER!!!!! also, because i genuinely like the music of r.kelly and i find him to be a fascinating public figure.

much like any "autobiography" written by a celebrity, it's an exercise in patience reading it. i found the general conversational tone (obviously just transcripts of kells talking) similar to Moonwalk by MJ. kells details his difficult upbringing very well, but details start to get fuzzy once he becomes successful. certain things are kind of not explained super well (his divorce), certain things are only mentioned a little (his trial), and some things aren't mentioned at all (the rumors he was married to aaliyah when she was underage.) a good portion of the book is dedicated to his struggle with illiteracy, but it is never explained how he learned enough to get as far as he has come today. he mentions that he does still struggle with reading and writing as an adult.

he also spins tall tales of having prophetic dreams-- that the song "i believe i can fly" came to him in a dream when he was a child.

it's a book that walks the line between being terribly wonderful and wonderfully terrible. and i suppose that is what i expected from it, and what anyone should want from this book.
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