R. Kelly Keeps Whitney Houston Alive With New Duet Version Of “I Look To You”

by (@zaragolden)

Almost ten months after her death and since his moving performance at her funeral, the late Whitney Houston and R. Kelly have released a duet version of “I Look To You,” a song R. Kelly originally wrote for Houston’s 2009 album by the same name. Posthumous reworks are not always so easy — let Drake tell you about that — but this rework is both respectful in remembering her legacy and impressively successful in keeping her spirit alive.

This new version of “I Look To You” remembers Whitney with apparently tearful gasps strewn throughout, with a quiet “Whitney” chant and with a nice eulogy from Kelly at the end: “We love you, Whitney. Rest in peace.” What’s more, though, is the way it works to keep Whitney’s spirit alive as well. Maybe it’s because they were originally his words, or maybe it’s because he really means it (as you’ll remember, performed a heartfelt rendition of this song at Houston’s funeral earlier this year, tears choked back and with a tissue clenched tight in hand just in case), but Kelly’s involvement seems to draw forth a Whitney that sounds stronger and fuller than she did even on the original. It’s chilling to hear Whitney sing “I don’t know if I am going to make it, nothing to do but lift my head” at this point, but Kelly’s insistence that “when melodies are gone, in you I hear a song” soothes, making her instead the song’s beacon of hope.

The duet will be included on I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, a forthcoming collection of Houston’s biggest hits, as well as two new tracks, this rework and another produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox called “Never Give Up.” Check out the full tracklist below.
I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston Track Listing:
1. You Give Good Love
2. Saving All My Love For You
3. How Will I Know
4. Greatest Love Of All
5. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
6. Didn’t We Almost Have It All
7. So Emotional
8. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
9. I’m Your Baby Tonight
10. All The Man That I Need
11. I Will Always Love You
12. I’m Every Woman
13. I Have Nothing
14. Exhale
15. I Believe In You & Me
16. My Love Is Your Love
17. I Look To You (featuring R. Kelly)
18. Never Give Up

R. Kelly Releases “I Look To You” Whitney Houston Duet [RapFix]