Singer R. Kelly is planning a tell-all autobiography with veteran writer David Ritz, titled “Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me.”
The autobiography will tell the untold story of R. Kelly’s controversial career and life.
“Soulacoaster,” will detail R. Kelly’s “conflicting realities of ‘Bump and Grind’ sexuality” and his “soul stirring ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ spirit.”
R. Kelly details his rise to fame, the fact that he has a learning disorder that has left him unable to read or write, how h has managed to sell over 35 million records and the darkest period in his life, that almost ruined his career.
The book details R. Kelly’s six-year ordeal over allegations that he had sex with and urinated on, a 14-year-old, an act caught on tape.
R. Kelly was eventually found innocent of all criminal charges in 2008, but the allegations permanently tarnished his name.
“In the tradition of legendary soul singer/songwriters, R. Kelly has defined his own unique style of genius while influencing an entire generation of singers,” said chairman and CEO of Epic Records, Antonio “L.A.” Reid. “He is the pure essence of soul, and in ‘Soulacoaster’ you’ll discover the untold story behind every song.”
R. Kelly wrote his “Soulacoaster” memoir in three different acts, utilizing the same plot twists and turns that made his “Hip-Hopera “Trapped in the Closet,” so popular.
Act 1 in the book focuses on the musician’s early life on the Southside of Chicago.
Act 2 focuses on Kelly’s struggle as a homeless musician on Venice Beach, in addition to his rise to fame.
In Act 3, R. Kelly discusses the end of this 12-year marriage, as well as the inner workings of his failed “Best of Both World’s” tour with Jay-Z.
The singer delves into the infamous pepper spray incident involving Jay-Z, which marked the end of the botched tour.
“Soulacoaster” includes over 130 photographs of R. Kelly, who will launch a “Soulacoaster” book tour that will visit four cities.
“Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me” is due in stores on June 28 via SmileyBooks.
R. Kelly will release Write Me Back, a new twelve-song CD collection, on June 26.
Check out the dates and times for R. Kelly book tour below:
New York -Thursday, June 28
Chicago – Saturday, July 14
Washington, DC – Saturday, June 30
Los Angeles – TBD