Built around a potent combination of dainty string plucks, booming bass and scattershot trap percussion, “Switch Up” finds R. Kelly in classic form vocally. His lyrics about dropping one flame for another at a whim are silly and bombastic, but his staccato flow is as infectious as ever as he traipses across a remarkably vast melodic range.
Jeremih manages to keep pace with Kellz with his own quick-tongued verse, while Lil Wayne, as is his wont, ends up on another planet entirely, spewing out a laundry list of lines that are equally goofy and grotesque.
“Switch Up” follows previous Buffet track, “Backyard Party,” which recently received a cameo-filled video featuring Snoop Dogg and fellow Chicago native, Chance the Rapper.
The Buffet arrives November 20th, and marks R. Kelly’s first album since 2013’s Black Panties. In an interview with EW about the new record, the singer said he wrote 462 full songs for the album. “I wanted to be sure that I really nailed it to the point that when I started breaking it down to the 14, 15, 16 songs that go on the album that I had more than enough to choose from, and they would all be great choices,” he said.
While Kelly’s recent albums have been tied to a similar concept — Love Letter and Write Me Back‘s soul-indebted sound, Black Panties‘ hip-hop-oriented production — The Buffet, like its title suggests, will sample a wide array of musical genres, including a potential foray into country.