A new R. Kelly album is making waves and causing confusion.
The release titled “I Admit It” dropped Friday on Spotify and Apple Music, despite the singer being jailed on federal sex trafficking charges.
The album features 13 tracks, including the singer’s 19-minute single “I Admit,” which he released in 2018 on SoundCloud.
The new album made headlines and trended for hours on social media, before it was removed from the music streaming services.
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A rep for Sony Music, which owns the rights to the singer’s recordings, told Urban Hollywood 411 the album is not an official Sony release. Despite the 13-track set saying it comes from Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony, the rep said, “This is not a release from Legacy.”
A short time later, the album was pulled from the music platforms.
R. Kelly doesn’t confess to sex crimes on the release, but on the single “I Admit,” he does fire back at his accusers and their parents.
“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.”
“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,” he continues.
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In June of this year, the Grammy-winning performer was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison following his trial in Brooklyn, New York, for sexual abuse and violating racketeering laws.
The “Bump N Grind” singer suffered another legal defeat in September when a federal jury in Chicago found him guilty on three of counts of child pornography and three counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Born, Robert Sylvester Kelly, the prolific singer, songwriter and producer was once one of the most popular artists in R&B music.
For years he was followed by whispers of sexual misconduct and child molestation, without repercussions.
The decades-long allegations against Kelly received renewed attention when Lifetime aired its 2019 docuseries Surviving R. Kelly and followed it up with Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning, detailing decades of alleged abuse.
Prosecutors then launched new investigations into the singer and his inner circle.