Someone has finally purchased the mansion that R. Kelly built in Olympia Fields.
According to The Chicago Tribune, an Isley brother bought it. Calls to Ziggy Realty and to 21 Century Realty were not returned, but it’s certainly true that the property has been on the market for years since Kells lost it in a 2011 foreclosure proceeding after attempting a $1.6-million short sale.
Most curious is who purchased it: Rudolph Isley, one of the famed Isley Brothers. Even curiouser is that the purchaser is not “Mr. Big,” aka Ron Isley, who famously partnered with Kells on 33 chapters of an entertaining R&B opera entitled “Trapped in the Closet.” (TITC’s videos and songs redefined the category of videos-most-like-a-daily-soap-opera. Isley portrayed the gangsterish guy hitting on Kells girl.)
The 14,525-square-foot mansion comes complete with six bedrooms, a theater and a pool. There is a lake on the property. The building is also in major disrepair, according to various news reports. It recently sold for $587,500 to Rudolph Isley, whose group was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame in 1992. (Think: “Twist and Shout” and “Between the Sheets.”)
But back to “Trapped.” IFC is streaming all 33 chapters, so you can watch all night long. Kells is also releasing new chapters of his opera for 2014, so you have about a month to get all caught up. View all the episodes of the opera here.
-- Adrienne Samuels Gibbs