R. MFN Kelly, the R&B legend. R. MFN Kelly, the first R&B artist to headline the Pitchfork Music Festival. R. MFN Kelly, the man who pees on underage women. R. MFN Kelly, the creative genius (?) behind the hip-hop opera, Trapped in the Closet. The big question on many minds leading up to the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, was how exactly would R. Kelly fare as a headliner. Your answer was awesomely.

How awesome was R. Kelly? To quote the woman holding up my bus on the way home, “You hear that over there? That’s R. Kelly. He’s at the Pitchfork and he’s got the join rollin’.” She didn’t get on the bus. She just had to tell the bus driver about R. Kelly’s awesome.

Or, one could watch the women in the crowd shake everything, take a selfie, and then shake more things to old-time hits like “Ignition.”

His band was funky. His voice was smooth. The crowd hung on every word and every movement. R. Kelly is still a headliner, at the Pitchfork Music Festival, or at any arena in any old town. The man has still got awesome.


All photos by Jeff Sierputowski