R. Kelly ‘Taken Ill,’ Cancels Appearances

The singer's team says he's suffering from complications from throat surgery, delaying the celebration of his Soulacoaster memoir.

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(The Root) — Singer R. Kelly was on his way to New York this morning to promote his new memoir, Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, when the R&B artist “was taken ill” and had to return to Chicago for medical treatment, according to a press release.

He is suffering from complications from surgery he had last year to treat an abscess on his vocal cords, according to the statement.

As a result, Kelly had to cancel appearances on The Jimmy Fallon Show and NBC’s Today, as well as the book party that was planned for this evening. Alicia Keys, Wyclef Jean and Jordin Sparks were among those expected to attend.

Look for The Root’s take on Soulacoaster early tomorrow morning. In this excerpt from the “Yo Pac! Yo Biggie!” chapter, published by Rolling Stone, Kelly describes meeting rap superstar Tupac:

It was 1996; I had just left the lobby of the Hotel Nikko. (We called it the Hotel Negro because so many rappers and music business folk liked staying there.) I was standing out front, waiting for my ride to arrive, when I looked up and saw Tupac Shakur driving by in a bad-ass Bentley. He was alone, and I though to myself: “Man, this nigga got some balls to be rolling by himself like that.”

“Yo Pac!” I yelled at the top of my voice.

He made a U-turn and jumped out of the car.

“What up, baby?” he asked.

“Just wanted to holla at you,” I said. “Just had to tell you that I love everything you do.”