Ok, so “Trapped in the Closet” has come, seen, and conquered, but we really should have seen this on the horizon. Kells cut his hip-hopera teeth with idol-turned-collaborator Ron Isley in a series of videos stretching back 10 years. Isley plays Mr. Biggs, a gangster kingpin whose lavish homes and comely women are continually penetrated by the occasionally remorseful Kelly.
Mr. Biggs is introduced in the “Float On” remix as a rather unassuming pony-tailed crooner. Lil Kim steals the spotlight in this video.
The real story begins with R. Kelly’s 1996 megahit “Down Low.” Stretch limos seem so quaint now.
The remix of “Down Low” provided the coda to the story, as well as the motivation for continued cuckoldry: revenge!
Not content to ruin only Mr. Biggs’ relationships with his pure animal magnetism, Kelly moved on to hurt those closest to Biggs. Kelly Price plays Isley’s goddaughter in 1998’s “Friend of Mine,” a woman scorned by — who else? — R. Kelly. Unfortunately, no bursting-into-the-bedroom scene, although there is a very odd phone conversation with Kells in bed and Isley in what looks like a hotel lobby.
The Isley Brothers’ “Contagious” revived the story in 2001. Two words: SWORD CANE.
In “Secret Lover,” Mr. Biggs teaches us a valuable lesson about hiring cannibals to do your dirty work.
Finally the cheating women have a rebuttal (however ineffective) in the apotheosis of the series, 2003’s “Busted.” No one can pull off the Celtics jersey/fur coat combo like Ron.
Perhaps on the defensive after repeated humiliations, Mr. Biggs goes after his daughter’s paramour in B2K’s “Girlfriend.” As if teen romance needed more drama! Will Smith appears as “The Godfather,” a role that might have gone to R. Kelly if his reputation with teenage girl love hadn’t already preceded him.
After a dramatic confrontation between Kells and Biggs during a live performance of “What Would You Do,” it would appear that beef has been quashed, OR HAS IT…?