By Rob Markman (@)
voice defined a generation, but now the iconic singer's vocal chords are a
source of concern for him and his team.
One of Kelly's reps told MTV News that the singer — who released his 11th
studio album, Write Me Back, on Tuesday — was on his way into New York
City for a series of press obligations and appearances when he began to
experience some discomfort. With Kellz and his team about three hours from the
Big Apple, the bus turned around to head back to Kelly's hometown of Chicago,
where he will see a specialist.
TMZ reported that the singer's discomfort stems from his emergency
surgery in July 2011, where doctors had to drain an abscess on one of his
tonsils. According to the site, Kelly had to cancel scheduled appearances on
"Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and NBC's "Today" show and a book-launch party.
The Pied Piper of R&B's reps tell TMZ they are unsure how long he will be
Kelly was busy promoting his upcoming book, "Soulacoaster:
The Diary of Me." On Tuesday, Rolling Stone ran an excerpt from the book in which the
Grammy Award-winning singer expresses his admiration for the Notorious B.I.G.
and Tupac Shakur. He reveals that he and 'Pac discussed the possibility of doing
a Best of Both Worlds about six years before Kelly and Jay-Z released
their collaborative work. Unfortunately, Tupac's tragic murder put an end to
Kellz did have the chance to work with the Notorious B.I.G., however.
Together, they recorded a few songs, including 1995's "(You to Be) Be Happy" and
1997's "F--- You Tonight." Still, Biggie left his biggest impression when Kelly
auditioned the legendary rapper for an unfinished version of "I Believe I Can
"I'm gonna tell you right now, B, that's a smash. That's a big hit right
there. That's a Grammy winner, Rob," Kelly recalls a tearful Biggie saying.
"They gonna be playing that when you and I have moved onto the other side of