70 Percent Hip-Hop
Another hip-hop aspect of the album is the type of attitude displayed. Hip-Hop swagger (or arrogance) is on full display on most songs, including the braggadocios title track (which features a Snoop Dogg cameo), the previously mentioned "I'm a Flirt" and "Tryin' to Get a Number," which features the rapper Nelly.
While Kelly's previous albums were known for their realistic takes on love and relationships, on Double Up he dumbs down his content and sings about things hip-hoppers have done to death over the past few years: sipping on patron, wearing stunner shades, getting loose up in the club, fast/expensive cars, etc. But while the extravagant materialism of hip-hop is on full display, so also are much of the negative aspects of the culture: women are treated as property and/or objects on most songs, sex takes priority over love and the lyrics are more shallow than a kiddie pool.
Unfortunately, on the album cover and elsewhere, he comes across as a hip-hop poseur. Which is a shame, because now that he's turned 40, Kelly should probably be getting smarter with his music, not dumbing things down to appeal to the least common denominator.
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"Sex Planet" is one of a handful of metaphoric/double entendre songs and Double Up, with another being "The Zoo," where Kelly compares freakin' to being in the jungle, complete with animal noises. "I got you so wet, it's like a rain forest, it's like Jurassic Park, 'cept I'm your sexasaurus," he sings. "You got me locked up in your cage of ecstasy and I don't wanna be free."
Another song with a clever theme is "Sweet Tooth," where he equates a hottie with sugary candy. But Kelly, who's still facing kiddie porn charges, gets a demerit for singing lines about how he wants to "babysit" a woman's ass. Considering the legal problems he's had in the past several years, he needs to leave that kind of talk alone.
Although the album's aimed mostly at the fellas, there are a few slow jams for the ladies. However, the only genuine one in the bunch is "Rise Up," the inspirational track that memorializes the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech University shootings. It's this song, which is the last of the album's 18 tracks, that proves that when he really tries, Kelly is still (arguably) the best male R&B artist alive.