R Kelly’s 19 minute track better be a list of the names and locations of the women he’s held captive, ending with a recording of him turning himself in.
— A$AP CURRY (@lisa_curry) July 23, 2018
R. Kelly has released a nineteen minute track titled “I Admit”, which can be heard by clicking the hyperlink, where he acts defensive against the allegations of statutory rape, sexual assault and running a sex cult.
R. Kelly and Trump are both trending so it’s a big day for American sexual predators who like piss.
— The Volatile Mermaid (@OhNoSheTwitnt) July 23, 2018
R. Kelly’s reputation has gone through, let’s politely say, a few changes since the R+B artist was well known for music to have sex to or “I Believe I Can Fly”. The charges include a marriage to the fifteen year old Aaliyah who was fifteen at the time, child pornography charges from a sex tape recording a sexual encounter with a fourteen year old, countless allegations from other women who claim R. Kelly had sex with them when they were underage, and in one case forced an abortion. The most recent findings were R. Kelly’s sex cult, which involved the branding, sexual assault and manipulation of women, which we did a deep dive on here. Even in the #MeToo movement, the consequences for R. Kelly’s history of assault has been light, with a slow rising wave. R. Kelly has responded to the allegations in the most confounding manner imaginable: by releasing a rambling, insane and defensive track titled “I Admit”. Ho boy.
R. Kelly literally sings “I admit it, I did it.” Someone, pull the plug on his career please.
— deray (@deray) July 23, 2018
The lyrics, which I read with a big old pursed lip on Genius.com, are mostly defensive, with plenty of victim blaming to go around. The titular admission is mostly of imperfection, but the crimes admitted to are not crimes — mostly cheating, with R. Kelly painting himself more as a “disrespected” (his words) than anything else, and putting the blame on the parents of the underage girls he raped, saying:
“I admit that this is no disrespect to the parents (no disrespect)
But this is my advice to you ’cause I’m also a parent (parent)
Don’t push your daughter in my face, and tell me that it’s okay (my face, okay)
‘Cause your agenda is to get paid, and get mad when it don’t go your way (yeah, go way)”
Yeesh. R. Kelly also continuously posits that the reason people are mad at him is to bring him down, saying in part–
“They don’t want me to shine, women’s group, my god (shine, god)
Now don’t get it twisted, I do support ’em, but why they wanna bring down the R”
shouts to the intern at Genius spending their monday currently transcribing VERSE 8 of this r kelly song tho
— Desus Nice (@desusnice) July 23, 2018
So yeah. The song is absolutely defensive, and seems like an attempt to grab sympathetic headlines in light of a wide variety of terrible sex crimes over the course of decades. People on Twitter have reacted to it… as that, as the song reminded everyone that R. Kelly is an ongoing concern.
It's funny that R. Kelly would release a 19 minute track. Feels like it should be more like 14 or 15.
— Tronald Dump (@ChrisCubas) July 23, 2018
r. kelly should say sacha baron cohen tricked him into making that song and then go check into the nearest jail.
— Open Mike Eagle (@Mike_Eagle) July 23, 2018
Also here’s a lyric where R. Kelly doesn’t want to be called a pedophile just because he has sex with (ahem) ‘young ladies’, as he refers to underage children as.
“I admit I fuck with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies / But tell me how they call it pedophile because that shit is crazy”
I just listened to a 20 minute R. Kelly song. It was my decision. I made it. Therefore I have no one to blame but myself. In the future I promise to be better.
— VanLathan (@VanLathan) July 23, 2018
What do you think of R. Kelly’s weird as heck song though? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter at @WhatsTrending