Wildly imaginative and undeniably talented, R. Kelly stormed the charts in the early 1990s with a string of hits that blended R&B, hip-hop and New Jack Swing. He overcame an impoverished upbringing through his love of music and emerged as a successful solo artist with his 1993 debut 12 Play. His innuendo-laded slow jams "Bump N' Grind" and "Your Body's Callin'" from the album seemingly turned Kelly into a modern master of R&B overnight. His ubiquitous, Grammy Award-winning single "I Believe I Can Fly" (1996) remained the artist's most successful record as well as his signature hit. He also established a successful track record as a songwriter and producer who collaborated with artists ranging from Michael Jackson to Jay-Z. Kelly's secret marriage to protégé Aaliyah, underage at the time of their marital union, hampered his reputation and foretold more legal troubles later in his career involving an alleged predilection for underage girls. He managed to bounce back from serious controversy with the 2003 party anthem "Ignition (Remix)." In 2005, Kelly released his most ambitious project, a multi-chapter song and music video series titled "Trapped in the Closet," which gained a cult-like following and established his wild reputation as an all-around entertainer who was never less than fascinating.