Sensitive Thugs: 25 Songs for a Lonely Valentine's Day

R. Kelly "When A Woman's Fed Up" (1998)


Softest Lyric: "Some of the best cookin' you ever had, yes it was/And I miss her"

"When A Woman's Fed Up" reads like a sequence of events for a lonely V-Day. Wake up; look in the mirror; say "damn" to yourself after thinking about how you fucked up that perfect relationship. Hindsight is 20/20 and R. Kelly captures that regret immaculately. Sometimes regret inspires action, but what's most notable about the 1998 single is Kelly's sense of hopelessness. "There ain't nothing you can do about it," he admits, while the backing guitar gently weeps. He closes the record lamenting about the way his former lover used to cook. Thirsty, and hungry, at the same damn time.

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