R. Kelly sings about his troubles and battles in a new 19-minute song, addressing sexual abuse claims against him that have put a screeching halt on his career. Hey
The song, “I Admit,” was posted to Soundcloud on Monday. The track begins with the lyrics, “I admit I have made some mistakes/And I have some imperfect ways.”
R. Kelly gets personal throughout the track, singing that he likes “all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies,” following it up with:
“But tell me how they call it pedophile because that (expletive) is crazy.”
He was accused of child pornography after a widely circulated videotape appeared to show him having sex with, and urinating on, a teenage girl. He was acquitted of all charges in 2008 and continued to rack up hits and sell out stadiums around the country.
On “I Admit,”
he sings that he’s “not convicted, not arrested, dragged my name in the dirt/All this work to be successful, when you abandon me ’cause of what you heard.”
“I Admit” was not released on Sony’s RCA Records, where R. Kelly is signed. The label said it had no comment about the song. R. Kelly posted a link to the song Monday with the caption: “Today is the day you’ve been waiting for.”
Despite having a plethora of hit songs, he says he had to borrow money from his record label to “put food on the table.”
“I was told I had to sell my cars, I was told I couldn’t get a loan/Said I owed 20 million to the IRS and they were coming to get my home,” he sings.
In April, R. Kelly’s concert in his hometown of Chicago was canceled around the time the Times’ Up campaign took aim at the singer over allegations he sexually abused women.
Weeks later, Spotify removed his music from its playlists, citing its new policy on hate content and hateful conduct.
“Now the truth in this message is I’m a broke (expletive) legend/The only reason I stay on tour is ’cause I gotta pay my rent,” he sings on the new track.
In May, a woman filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly, accusing the singer of sexual battery, knowingly infecting her with herpes and locking her in rooms for punishment.
“They’re brainwashed, really?/Kidnapped, really?/Can’t eat, really?/Real talk, that (expletive) sound silly,” he sings.
R. Kelly says in the song he had a recent conversation with talk show host Wendy Williams, who asked him about the late singer Aaliyah, who was 15 when she married a 27-year-old R. Kelly in 1994. The marriage was later annulled.
“(Wendy) said, ‘What about Aaliyah said?,’ R. Kelly sings, responding with: “Love.”
“She said, ‘What about the tape?’/I said hush,” he continues. “I said my lawyer said ‘don’t say noth’/But I can tell you I’ve been set up.”
R. Kelly also calls out journalist Jim DeRogatis, who has written extensively about the singer’s sexual abuse claims
“The only thing I have left is my voice, and now I have to use it for my protection/’Cause they left me no choice,” R. Kelly sings.
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