R. Kelly releases new tell-all single 'I Admit' addressing sexual misconduct allegations
On 'I Admit,' R. Kelly also references Spotify's decision to stop promoting his music and calls out journalist Jim DeRogatis for reporting on his sexual assault allegations
Just a couple of months after being back on Spotify, controversial rapper R. Kelly has released a massive 19-minute track called 'I Admit It' in which he addresses the numerous allegations made against him, including claims that he groomed "sex pets", several of whom were underage. The song, which was first previewed on July 22 via Instagram Live, has a misleading title. While Kelly admits that “I admit I have made some mistakes/And I have some imperfect ways,” he vehemently denies all allegations of sexual misconduct throughout the song.
“I’ve never said I was perfect,” he sings. “Say I’m abusing these women/What the f**k, that’s some absurd shit/They brainwashed?/Really?/Kidnapped?/Really?/Can’t eat?/Really?/Real talk, that sh*t sound silly.”
According to Pitchfork, the reference in the lines is to reports by several young women who say the R&B singer held them against their will, forced them to have intercourse with other women, and controlled several aspects of their life including how they dressed, what they ate, and when they went to the bathroom.
Kelly specifically references allegations made by the parents of Jocelyn Savage, who say Kelly began dating their 19-year-old daughter in 2016 and forcefully cut off all communications between them and their daughter. The parents accuse Kelly of brainwashing, grooming, and imprisoning their daughter and multiple other women at his homes in both Chicago and Georgia. On the track, Kelly flips the narrative claiming that it was Savage who approached him for a role on stage and blames whatever transpired as part of "being a celebrity".
"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)," the lyrics go.
Further in the song, R. Kelly raps, “What’s the definition of a cult?/What’s the definition of a sex slave?/Go to the dictionary, look it up/Let me know I’ll be here waiting.”
Earlier this year, in a BBC3 documentary, Kitti Jones, who has spoken out against Kelly several times, claimed that Kelly personally told her that he “trained” a 14-year-old girl to be his sex “pet.”
At one point in the song, Kelly addresses allegations of a sexual history with underage women. “Admit I f**k with all the ladies/That’s both older and young ladies/But tell me how they call that pedophile because of that sh*t/That’s crazy.” He also references Spotify’s Hate Content & Hateful Conduct policy that saw his music being removed from playlists.
"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,” he sings on the sprawling confessional track.
Kelly even mentions Spotify by name when he raps: "Spotify took me off they playlist (playlist) / I admit that I been underrated (rated) / I'm not convicted, not arrested, but dragged my name in the dirt (nope, oh, yeah, yeah) / All this work to be successful, when you abandon me 'cause of what you heard."
At another point in the song, Kelly acknowledges that he himself was the victim of sexual abuse at the age of 14, singing: “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.”
Kelly also has some words for Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago-based music journalist who has reported on Kelly’s alleged misconduct over the last two decades.
“To Jim DeRogatis, whatever your name is (whatever your name is)/ You been tryna destroy me for 25 whole years (25 whole years, yeah)/ Writin’ the same stories over and over again (stories, stories, yeah)/ Off my name, you done went and made yourself a career (a whole career)/ But guess what? I pray for you and family, and all my other enemies (prayed for you, enemies)/ I’m not gonna let y’all steal my joy, I’m just gon’ keep on doing me (my joy, doing me).”
Listen to R. Kelly's 'I Admit' below via Soundcloud. No surprise that the track is not on Spotify yet.