by R. Kelly
Released: Nov 1993
12 Play isn't R. Kelly's best album, but it may be his most important, because it is here that he evolves from a New Jack singer/rapper to the eventual king of R&B. It includes five dated pop-rap tunes, some better than others, but even "Freak Dat Body" and "Back to the Hood of Things" can't compare to ballads like "Sex Me," "For You" and "Your Body's Callin'," and their smooth, bump-in-the-night rhythms. And when he famously sings on "Bump N' Grind," "My mind's telling me no, but my body's telling me yes!" he incarnates a man overcome and often troubled by the power of lust.