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R. Kelly Addresses Sexual Abuse & Cult Allegations On His 19-Minute Song “I Admit”

He also references a reporter who broke the story about the cult.

R. Kelly released a sprawling 19-minute song titled “I Admit” today that addresses longtime accusations of pedophilia, sexual assault, and battery, as well as recent allegations that he recruited young women into a “sexual cult.” Produced by Noc and R. Kelly himself, the track also calls out the reporter who has been covering the singer’s alleged sexual misconduct.

On the fifth verse, Kelly admits to liking younger women, but denies the accusations of pedophilia. Genius contributor Kevin Loo breaks down the longtime allegations:

Kelly directly addresses the 2017 BuzzFeed report claiming he was running a “sexual cult” on the next verse.

Said I’m abusing these women, what the fuck that’s some absurd shit (what?)
They’re brainwashed, really? (really)
Kidnapped, really? (really)
Can’t eat, really? (really)
Real talk, that shit sound silly (yeah)
And if you really, really wanna know (know)

He follows up by stating that the sexual behavior was consensual:

What’s the definition of a cult?
Whats the definition of a sex slave?
Go to the dictionary, look it up
Let me know I’ll be here waiting
Now I admit that I got some girls that love me to pull they hair (they hair)
Now I admit that they love me to talk dirty when I pull they hair (they hair)

A few lines later, Kelly name-drops Jim DeRogatis, who wrote the BuzzFeed report:

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 against (stories, stories, yeah)
Off my name, you done went and made yourself a career (a whole career)

While DeRogatis' history with Kelly doesn’t exactly go back 25 years, the Chicago reporter did receive a video tape in 2002 that allegedly showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl. After DeRogatis turned the tape over to police, Kelly was charged with child pornography but was ultimately acquitted of all charges in 2008.

Since the initial BuzzFeed report, DeRogatis has conducted multiple interviews with women accusing Kelly of sexual abuse, including Jerhonda Pace, who says the musician sexually abused her when she was underage.

Elsewhere in the song, Kelly addresses being removed from Spotify playlists under its since-reversed hateful conduct policy:

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

Another topic Kelly covers on “I Admit” is his financial troubles. He admits to signing a bad publishing deal, explaining that he couldn’t read the contracts because of his dyslexia:

But I can tell you I’ve been set up (up)
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

In addition to the unfavorable deal, Kelly says he had to borrow money from his label and claims to have owed the IRS $20 million:

I admit I had to borrow a couple of M’s from the label (label)
All these hits out but I couldn’t put food on the table (table)
I was told I had to sell my cars, I was told I couldn’t get a loan (cars, loans)
Said I owed 20 million to the IRS and they were coming to get my home (oh, oh)

In 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kelly owed nearly $5 million in back taxes. One year earlier, his mansion went into foreclosure, with JPMorgan Chase claiming that he owed the bank $2.9 million.

Listen to the song above and read all the lyrics to R. Kelly’s “I Admit” on Genius now.

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