American singer-songwriter R Kelly has released a new 19-minute song called I Admit which addresses sexual assault.
The track was posted on Soundcloud on Monday and the singer not only sings about sexual abuse allegations but with everything that has went wrong in his life and career.
Kelly starts off the song saying, “I admit I done made some mistakes / And I have some imperfect ways / I admit I helped so many people / And them same damn people turned fake”.
R Kelly sings the song with the detail of events that have occurred in his life and also addresses the allegations against him. In I Admit, Kelly says that he likes, “all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies / But tell me how they call it paedophile because that is crazy.”
Those exact lyrics would be in relation to child pornography after a 27-minute videotape was leaked which showed the rapper having sex with, and urinating on, an underage teenage girl in 2002. R Kelly had claimed that he was innocence in the affair. In 2008, the singer was cleared of all charges and continued to release hits and sell out stadiums worldwide.
He also references to the charges that were cleared in 2008 saying, “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”.
R Kelly admits to getting sexually abused as a child, “a family member touched me / so scared to say something, so I just put the blame on me”.
Sony RCA Records, who R Kelly is signed to, had no comments in regard to Kelly releasing I Admit. R Kelly took to Twitter announcing he released a new single.
R Kelly is known to one of the most well-known celebrities with huge hits in the music industry but in the song, he claims that he had to borrow money from his record label to “put food on the table.”
The 51-year-old says, “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.”
In April, R Kelly’s show in his hometown of Chicago was cancelled during the Times Up Campaign which took aim at the singer over allegations that he sexually abused women.
A few weeks later after his show was cancelled, music streaming service Spotify removed all of R Kelly’s music from it’s playlists.
Recently in May, a woman had filed a lawsuit against R Kelly accusing him 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 sound silly,” Kelly sings in the new song.
In the track, Kelly also calls out Journalist Jim DeRogatis who has written articles for The Chicago Sun-Times and Buzzfeed about the singer’s sexual abuse allegations. Kelly says, “To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is / You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years.”
Jim DeRogatis released a statement on Monday saying, “BuzzFeed News stands by every word we’ve reported in the last year, just as The Chicago Sun-Times has stood by every word I reported there since the first story Abdon Pallasch and I broke in December 2000”.
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– Written by Samia Sahid