WATCH: Benedict Cumberbatch Delivers R Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

Benedict Cumberbatch, poet.

Benedict Cumberbatch, poet of love.

Everything about this is wonderful, from the dramatic pauses to the hysterical fan response (which is curiously high-pitched and squealy. I wonder why…)

Last night, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s show, and delivered a dramatic reading of R Kelly’s “Black Panties” that is WAY beyond what its author had in mind.

I mean he had to resort to setting these cascading jewels to music, to try and embed their pearlescent gleam within a suitably plush and sumptuous setting using instruments and singing, so that the true wonder of his eternal message shines through.

Whereas, in the hands of a true master, such extremes are no longer necessary.

You’ve just watched it twice haven’t you? And again. And again.

Here’s the full interview, should you wish to take a break in an hour or so:

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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