Published Dec 12, 2013R&B king R. Kelly may have released his new album, the overly raunchy Black Panties, only a week ago, but it appears he's already at work on another release in honour of the holiday season. The album is called 12 Nights of Christmas and is expected to drop sometime in 2014.
In an interview with Rap Up, the yuletide-loving crooner laid out his plans for the new LP, saying it's been in the works for over a year.
"I started it last Christmas actually, but I don't believe in just putting out a Christmas album just to sell records," he said. "In order to get that and capture that moment, you have to take a couple of Christmases and then you come with it."
Surprisingly, this will be Kelly's first holiday-themed album.
Along with the festive special, Kellz also revealed he has seven to eight albums' worth of material in the works, including the proper follow-up to this year's Black Panties.
"My next album is halfway written already," he said. "It's gonna be another 12 Play album. It's gonna be that type of album because there's been a lovemaking album drought…and I've come to save the day."
But until any of his new material — Christmas-themed or otherwise —sees the light of day, tide yourself over by listening to his contribution to The Best Man Holiday soundtrack, "Christmas I'll Be Steppin'," below.