Infamous singer R. Kelly on Monday released a 19-minute song that reads like a confession. Kelly has been accused recently of everything from running a sex cult to sexual assault, to holding people hostage and knowingly passing on STDs.
The track, titled “I Admit,” addresses several topics including the alleged sex cult and extensive BuzzFeed report about it, having sex with underage women, and money troubles. Kelly dropped the track in an Instagram update claiming that “today is the day you’ve been waiting for” and linking to a complete version of the song on SoundCloud.
The lyrics to Kelly’s melodic confession are already available online. Among the most fascinating and possibly damning admissions in “I Admit” include:
“I admit I can’t spell for shit
I admit that all I hear is hits (ohh)
I admit that I couldn’t read the teleprompter when the Grammy’s asked me to present (yeah)”
“I admit, I admit that I did (I did)
I f*cked my girlfriends bestfriend (oh)
Yeah I tapped that in the back of my Benz (my Benz)
I admit I’m sorry for my sins (my sins)”
“I admit, I admit, I’m a freak (freak)
Used to go to strip clubs every week
But who these n****s tryna say I am, man I’m loud and I put that on chief
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)”
“I admit it, how ever since the first day (first day)
That without knowing that I signed my publishin’ away (away)
I admit it, I was young and caught up and so blind, yeah (so blind)
Said I had dyslexia, couldn’t read all them contracts, yeah
Now the truth in this message, is I’m a broke-ass legend (message, legend)”
The reaction to Kelly’s almost 20-minute-long concession to some of his past indiscretions probably isn’t what he envisioned, with many on Twitter hoping he’d be trending not for new music, but for criminal charges.
When you see R. Kelly trending and thought they finally locked him up instead he made a 20 minute song pic.twitter.com/zGbtRir3Pm
— D.T. (@Darlene26811165) July 23, 2018
When you see why R.Kelly is trending again pic.twitter.com/mJJmBVOgye
— MaZ€ the Villain ⚜️ (@MikeMazeWorld) July 23, 2018
A documentary based on the 2017 BuzzFeed report was announced in May 2018.