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  • Jay-Z And R Kelly Team Up For "Fiesta"

    While some people are calling for an end to hip-hop and R&B collaborations, Jay-Z and R Kelly are becoming frequent musical partners. The Brooklyn MC and Chicago crooner first worked together on “We Ride” (also featuring Noreaga, Cam' and Vegas Cats) from Kelly's 1998 album, R., and currently, Kelly sings the chorus on Jay-Z's latest hit “Guilty Until Proven Innocent,” from Dynasty: Roc La Familia 2000. The video for that track features Jay and Kelly in courtroom set-ups.Now, the third single from Kelly's multi-platinum album, TP-2.com, "Fiesta," features Jay-Z. Though the rapper doesn’t appear on the song's album version, he took part on its remix, which hits stores this week and radio next week. The video for the single, which was shot in Miami and directed by Little X, also is due to premiere shortly.

    Kelly is no stranger to bridging the gap between R&B and hip-hop. His 1995 hit “(You to Be) Happy” featured the late Notorious B.I.G; in 1997, Kelly was featured on Wyclef Jean's “Gone Til November” remix; and 1998's R. featured Keith Murray on “Home Alone,” Crucial Conflict on “Ghetto Queen,” and “Dollar Bill,” featuring Foxy Brown.

    Nas and Kelly later teamed up for 1999's “Did You Ever Think?” remix; and Kelly sang the chorus on “Satisfy You” from Puffy's 1999 album Forever.

    Kelly currently has four singles on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart, including TP2-C.com's “I Wish,” “Fiesta,” featuring Jay-Z, “Feelin On Yo Booty,” and "I Don't Mean It." Also look for the video for "A Woman's Threat" on BET as one of their most requested videos.

    Kelly recently won two NAACP Awards for Outstanding Music Video (“I Wish”) and Outstanding Male Artist. He was also honored with two awards at the 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards last month, taking home Best R&B/Soul Single, Male for “I Wish,” and Best R&B/Soul Album, Male for TP-2.com. He's also nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Male Artist, R&B. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards air April 11 on Fox.

    Another factor that is sure to hold up possible tour plans is that Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) is expected in court on April 16 for a preliminary hearing on felony assault charges stemming from the December 1999 stabbing of music industry executive Lance "Un" Rivera. Because Jay-Z has maintained his innocence since the beginning, jury selection for an impending trial will also begin April 16, according to the Manhattan district attorney's office.

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