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Omarion Says He’ll Retire R. Kelly-Penned Songs After B2K’s Upcoming Reunion Tour

“I pray that everyone effected by this tragedy gets the help & support they need to live a better life.”

R&B boyband B2K is gearing up for the launch of its reunion tour, which kicks off in Pittsburgh this March. As the group prepares to perform its biggest hits, however, the shadow of R. Kelly looms large.

The R&B superstar, whose legacy has been under renewed scrutiny since the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, produced and penned two of the group’s biggest hits: “Bump, Bump, Bump” and “Girlfriend.” In a recent Twitter statement, Omarion addressed the issue of performing songs that Kelly wrote, saying that although he has not seen the documentary series yet, he plans to retire Kelly’s songs from his setlist after this tour:

Omarion also stressed the need for acknowledging Kelly’s actions and holding him accountable:

“Bump, Bump, Bump,” which Kelly produced and co-wrote alongside Varick Smith, is the group’s biggest hit, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and helping their sophomore album, Pandemonium!, go Platinum. “Girlfriend” peaked at No. 30, making it the second-highest-charting single of B2K’s career. Kelly also produced and co-wrote 2002’s “What A Girl Wants.”

Claims of Kelly having sexual relationships with underage women have been around since the mid-‘90s. He infamously wed a then-15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994, and was tried (and acquitted) in 2008 on child porn charges after a tape of Kelly allegedly having sex with and urinating on a 14-year-old girl was delivered anonymously to The Chicago Sun-Times.

Omarion isn’t the only artist to address their relationship with R. Kelly in the wake of the documentary. Chance the Rapper called his 2015 R. Kelly collaboration “Somewhere in Paradise” a “mistake,” and apologized to survivors for not speaking out about it sooner.

Catch up on all the lyrics to B2K’s “Bump, Bump, Bump” on Genius now.

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