As most devoted R. Kelly fans know, his previous two albums -- 2010's Love Letter and 2012's Write Me Back -- were both tribute albums that paid homage to the classic R&B and Soul music of the 1950s and '60s. Bits and pieces of classic artists like Sam Cooke, Marvin Gaye and Ray Charles could be heard throughout Kelly's music, making this the one period of Robert Kelly's career that his sound was uniquely his own. But in a sign that his flirtation with vintage R&B may be over, Kelly's released a remix to his recent hit song, "Feelin' Single," that's very much reminiscent of his own past, instead of someone else's. His "Feelin' Single" remix is not only a modern-day feel good song, it also serves as a sort of preview to his upcoming "Single Ladies Tour," which kicks off Oct. 13 in Columbia, S.C.
"If you're feelin' good in your skin and your swagg is on 10, and can't nobody tell you nothin,' If you're a single woman, single mama with no baby-daddy drama let me know," he sings in the chorus.
In fact, the remix is even subtitled "Single Ladies," making it an obvious tour tie-in. As for the content of the song itself, pretty much the only thing the remix shares in common with the original is the title. The music, lyrics and tone are all completely different, thinly tied together by a theme of happily living the single life. The song, which was released yesterday and is sure to be showcased by Kells on tour, can be streamed via the link below.