“Sex Planet” is not a metaphor. It describes, in some detail, the act of coitus. In space. With R. Kelly. Some have grumbled that the images, references, and rhymes that comprise “Sex Planet” (most notably the pairing of
painless and Uranus) are a bit childish and obvious. To them we say: To be so base and silly requires dedication and real skill.
To help shed light on R. Kelly’s misunderstood creative process, below we offer a page literally ripped from his sketchbook, in which he muses, doodles, and gradually forms the central artistic tenets of “Sex Planet.”
If this also involves drawing pictures of Chewbacca in a compromising position, so be it. He is an artist, and artists do what they must.
Illustration by Alex Lucas