written by Carla Bynum
The album is the follow up to Black Panties (2013) and was originally titled White Panties but the name was changed because of the album’s mix of various genres of music. The Buffet was supported by the single “Backyard Party,” which was released on August 21st. On November 6th, “Switch Up” featuring Lil Wayne and Jeremih was released as the album’s second single.
Kelly’s sex is poetic on the track fittingly titled “Poetic Sex.” He is hungry for some of his lady’s love and he wants her to be his buffet.
“Anything Goes” when dealing with someone as rich as Kellz and Ty Dolla $ign. There is no limits to what they can do for the women in their lives.
When it comes to making love, Kelly and Jhené Aiko don’t see anything wrong with disturbing the neighbors on the track “Let’s Make Some Noise.”
When Kelly and Juicy J collaborate together, it is guaranteed to be nasty. On the previous track Kelly let listeners know that he likes to make noise when having sex and every time Kelly and his lady are making love, it sounds like a “Marching Band” because she blows him like a tuba and he will “beat it up like a snare drum.”
When in a relationship, it is important to never get too complacent and stop doing those things that your partner loves. “The Switch” up is a warning to Kellz girl that she is getting too comfortable and he will switch up on her if she keeps it up. Jeremih and Lil Wayne share the same sentiments.
“Wanna Be There” is a song about an estranged father and daughter and features Kelly’s daughter Ariirayé. Even though they have had a rocky relationship in the past, Kelly wants to be there for his daughter when she needs a shoulder to cry on and support her as she conquers the world. Ariirayé reminisces on a time when she didn’t know if she would make it and depended on the love of her brothers to keep each other strong.
It takes a real man to admit his faults and that’s exactly what Kelly does on “All My Fault.” He isn’t going to place the blame on the wrong in their relationship but he admits that it was all on him because he was untrue and she deserves better.
Again, Kelly tells listeners about how much he likes to make noise during sex. While him and his lady are making love, he wants to “Wake Up Everybody.” He doesn’t care if the world hears them.
There are too many people around and Kellz wants a little privacy with his lady. There are things he wants to do to her that he can’t do with so many people around so he asks her to “Get out of Here with Me.”
The album’s first single “Backyard Party” was released on August 21st and is a fun and upbeat song about enjoying the summer. It’s the weekend and Kelly is in a great mood. He’s going to throw something on the grill, invite over some friends and have a good time.
Kelly is eager to spend some “Sex Time” with his lady and take her body on a vacation. Time doesn’t exist when they are alone together and there are so many things he wants to do to her body.
On the track “Let’s Be Real,” Kelly and Tinashe feel like they are working overtime in their respective relationships to please their lovers in vain. They will do anything for the ones they love but it doesn’t feel like the ones they love would do the same. They ask their lovers to be real with them and really tell them how they feel.
The deluxe version of the album features five new songs: “I Just Want to Thank You” featuring WizKid, “Keep Searchin’,” “Sufferin’,” “I Tried,” and “Barely Breathin’.”
When you have been in the industry as long as R. Kelly has, it can become difficult to keep up with the forever evolving R&B sound. Kelly tries his best to keep up with the trends on The Buffet; unfortunately it seems forced and unauthentic. The R. Kelly sound we have grown to love doesn’t appear until the second half of the album and it’s a shame. If he were to eliminate the first six songs of the album and just let the album consist of the remaining songs, it would have made for a much better record in my opinion.
Don’t get me wrong, R. Kelly can still bring the big guns musically but on this particular project the good music is overpowered by Kelly’s attempt to remain hip. Hopefully next time he sticks to his own sound and doesn’t try to keep up with the youngins of R&B.