Video: R. Kelly, “Be My #2”


In the spirit of Prince, Kellz writes an homage to a potential sidechick over guitar funk, a kind of inverse "I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man." He also seems to be serenading every woman in this overly-packed pool party of a clip, from the bikini girls to the Eyes Wide Shut-masked showgirls. However, for most of the video, the camera never quite focuses on Kellz' face, instead catching him from awkward, behind-the-ear angles, or onstage from the back of the crowd through a thousand outstretched arms. Surely this was just a function of the party's over-capacity venue, but we like to think it mirrors Kellz lyrics—he is an elusive, slithery, sharply dressed playboy, someone you can glimpse from afar and maybe even touch, but will never be able to entirely know. It's cool though. Clearly his homeboys are willing to help you out.

Video: R. Kelly, “Be My #2”