R. Kelly is speaking out about the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him in a 19-minute track titled I Admit.
The R&B singer took to Instagram Monday to reveal he was releasing the new song: “Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. I ADMIT,” Kelly wrote before directing fans to a SoundCloud link.
The sprawling single includes the lyrics “I admit it. I did it.”
“I admit I f–k wit all the ladies,” he sings. “That’s both older and young ladies/ But tell me how they call it ‘pedophile’ because of that s—/that’s crazy/ You may have your opinions/ Entitled to your opinions/ But really am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion?”
“I admit I am not perfect,” he continues. “I never said I was perfect / Say I’m abusing these women / What the f–k, that’s some absurd shit,” Kelly sings of the allegations. “They brainwashed, really? / Kidnapped, really? / Can’t eat, really? / Real talk, that sounds silly.”
He also lashes out at the parents of his accusers.
“Don’t push your daughter in my face / And tell me that it’s okay / Because your agenda is to get paid / And get mad when it don’t go your way.”
The singer-songwriter goes on to address allegations he ran a sex cult.
“What’s the definition of a cult? / What’s the definition of a sex slave? / Go to dictionary, look it up, let me know, I’ll be here waiting / Now I admit I got some girls who love me, they pull they hair / Now I admit they love to me talk dirty when I pull they hair .”
He then discusses his inability to read, Spotify removing his music and calls out John Legend, Steve Harvey and radio host Tom Joyner for criticizing him.
“I admit I love Steve Harvey, John Legend and Tom Joyner,” he sings. “They’re doing good in they lives right now, why would they want tear down another brother?”
And says he’s broke.
“Now the truth in this message is I’m a broke-ass legend / The only reason I stay on tour is ’cause I gotta pay my rent,” Kelly sings. “I never thought it would come to this, to be the most disrespected artist / So I had to write a song about it / Because they always take my words and twist it / Believe me, it’s hard to admit all this.”
In 2003, Kelly was found not guilty of child pornography charges.
Then in 2017, BuzzFeed News published a story alleging the singer was holding women in homes in Chicago and Atlanta against their will in a sex “cult.”
Since then, a former partner has accused the performer, 51, of “intentionally” infecting her with a sexually transmitted disease.
Kelly, one of the most successful R&B artists of all time, previously denied the allegations against him.
But that seemed to change Monday with the release of I Admit.