CONTENT WARNING: The following article discusses alleged sexual assault.
R. Kelly has addressed a number of sexual misconduct allegations made against him in a new 19-minute song called ‘I Admit’.
The controversial singer previewed the song on Instagram over the weekend, but has now released the track — which discusses allegations of sexual misconduct, abuse and a supposed sex cult — in its entirety.
The song, which you can stream below, sees R. Kelly admit he has “done made some mistakes”. He denies allegations of sexual misconduct but admits to being with “older and younger [ladies]” in the past.
Kelly also addresses the #MuteRKelly campaign, singing:
“I admit I fuck 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 / Yeah, go ahead and stone me, point your finger at me (stone me, yeah, yeah) / Turn the world against me, but only god can mute me (against me, mute me).”
Addressing reports of an alleged sex cult under his control, Kelly sings:
“What’s the definition of a cult?/ Whats the definition of a sex slave?/ Go to the dictionary, look it up/ Let me know I’ll be here waiting/ Now I admit that I got some girls that love me to pull they hair (they hair)/ Now I admit that they love me to talk dirty when I pull they hair (they hair)/ Some like me to spank ’em/ Some like to get branded/ And what some of these girls want, is too much for the radio station/ Look I’m just a man y’all (man y’all)/ Not a monster or beast (no, no)/ But I admit there are times when these girls so fine, they’ll chill with a nigga for a week (oh, for a week).
“Say I’m abusing these women, what the fuck 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 if you really, really wanna know (know)/ Her father dropped her off at my show (show)/ And told this boy to put her on stage (yeah)/ I admit that she was over age (age)/ I admit that I was feelin’ her and I admit that she was feelin’ me (she was feelin’ me)/ I admit that that’s the shit that comes with/ being a celebrity (celebrity)/ I ain’t chasing these ladies, no (no, no)/ These ladies are chasing me, yeah (chasing me).”
Kelly also claims in the song that he was the victim of sexual abuse when he was a child.
“Now, I admit a family member touched me (touched me, touched me, touched me) / From a child to the age 14, yeah / While I laid asleep, took my virginity (sleep, gini’),” he sings.
Elsewhere, Kelly describes himself as “a broke ass legend” and “the most disrespected artist”, who only tours “’cause I gotta pay my rent”.
“So I had to write a song about this, ’cause they always take my words and twist it,” he says.
Addressing Spotify’s decision to remove his music from its playlists, Kelly sings, “I’m not convicted, not arrested, but dragged my name in the dirt… All this work to be successful, when you abandon me ’cause of what you heard.”
Listen to ‘I Admit’ below, alongside the complete lyrics.
Back in May, further sexual assault allegations were levelled against R. Kelly, with a new lawsuit filed for alleged abuse, the transmission of a sexual disease and false imprisonment.
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