It’s great fun to watch Katie Couric play the dotty old aunt getting educated about pop culture by those crazy kids from VH1’s Best Week Ever, but on this morning’s Today, it was Couric who made the most salient point about R. Kelly’s new 16-minute, five-chapter single and video, ”Trapped in the Closet.”

”What is this?” she asked. (Well, Katie, I’m not exactly sure either, but to quote Gwen Stefani, this s— is bananas, B-A-NA-NA-S.)

Seriously, if you’ve got the stamina to read all five pages of lyrics, then it’s worth taking the emotional (and melody-free) journey of Rufus and Chuck, Cathy (a.k.a. Mary), Roxanne, a diligent traffic cop, R.’s narrator, and all their cheatin’ ways. For the uninitiated, here’s a sample of R.’s scintillating wordplay:

Brilliantly ambitious opus, or worst song in the history of, oh, ever? Weigh in now!

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