In an excerpt from R. Kelly's memoir Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me, R recalls the first time he played 'I Believe I Can Fly' for rapper Notorious B.I.G...
"He came over to the piano, and I started to play it for him: 'I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky...' but so far that's all I had. (He said), 'I'm gonna tell you right now, B, that's a smash. That's a big hit right there. That's a Grammy winner, Rob.'
"When I was playing it for him, I was thinking - he's a hardcore rapper; this is gonna be too soft for him - but when I got through and looked up, his face was wet with tears. 'My brother,' he said, 'They gonna be playing that when you and I have moved on to the other side of time.'"