R Kelly’s musical career has long been surrounded in controversy over his allegedly inappropriate and predatory behaviour. From his marriage to 15-year-old Aaliyah, other allegations of sexual abuse (many instances of sexual abuse) and holding women in a sex ‘cult’, along with charges of possession of child pornography – well, the list goes on. It’s not a good list.
Kelly has previously denied these claims – with regards to the sex ‘cult’ allegations which broke in 2017, his rep stated he was ‘alarmed and disturbed by the recent revelations’ – and pled not guilty to the child porn charges. He has also retained a loyal fan base and space in the music business regardless (and despite the #MuteRKelly campaign).
Still, he’s now alluding to many of those allegations again in a new 19-minute-long song called I Admit, which is a defensive and bizarre song that he debuted Monday morning. Below, some of the most eye-opening disclosures:
On his affinity for ‘young’ women:
‘I admit I f*ck with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies (ladies, yeah)
But tell me how they call it pedophile because that shit is crazy (crazy)
You may have your opinions, entitled to your opinions (opinions)
But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion’
On his marriage to Aaliyah, and seemingly the 2002 video tape in which he appears to have sex with a teenager and urinate in her mouth:
‘But I admit that she asked me, can I get a little Hennessy? (yeah)
We both turned off our phone, we drinked, I smoked, we talked
I admit that I tore it off (our phone, we talked, it off)
From my good points to my faults (faults)
She said “What about Aaliyah?”
I Said love
She said “What about the tape?”
I said hush
I said my lawyer said “don’t say noth”
On the child pornography case, which was linked to the 2002 tape and first reported on by Jim DeRogatis, a Chicago journalist who has long reported on R Kelly’s career and legal troubles:
‘To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is (whatever your name is)
You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years (25 whole years, yeah)
Writin’ the same stories over and over again (stories, stories, yeah)
Off my name, you done went and made yourself a career (a whole career)
Now I don’t know what else to say except, I’m so falsely accused
Tell me how can you judge, when you’ve never walked in my shoes’
(Kelly was ultimately found not guilty on all counts of child pornography after a trial that began in 2008.)
On the sex ‘cult’ allegations reported on by DeRogatis and BuzzFeed News:
‘I admit that I am not perfect, I never said I was perfect (perfect, perfect)
Said I’m abusing these women, what the f*ck that’s some absurd shit (what?)
They’re brainwashed, really? (really)
Kidnapped, really? (really)
Can’t eat, really? (really)
Real talk, that shit sound silly (yeah)’
And again on the sex ‘cult’:
‘What’s the definition of a cult?
What’s the definition of a sex slave?
Go to the dictionary, look it up
Let me know I’ll be here waiting’
So let’s head on over to Twitter at this point, then?
R. Kelly literally sings “I admit it, I did it.” Someone, pull the plug on his career please.
— deray (@deray) July 23, 2018
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com
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