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R. Kelly Responds to John Legend’s Criticism and Sex Cult Claims in ‘I Admit’ – Read the Lyrics

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Despite the #MuteRKelly movement, R. Kelly is still singing — and speaking out against his accusers. In a new, 19-minute song, the 51-year-old addresses the criticism he’s faced — based on long-standing allegations of sexual misconduct — and the condemnations from John Legend and Steve Harvey, among other stars.

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In April, the Time’s Up movement launched the #MuteRKelly campaign, citing a 2017 BuzzFeed News report that accused Kelly of holding several young women in a cult. (The “Trapped in a Closet” singer was indicted on 21 counts of child pornography in 2002 and acquitted in 2008.)

And in his new song “I Admit” — which Kelly released on Facebook Live on Sunday, July 22 — the singer targets those accusations.


“What’s the definition of a cult?” he sings. “What’s the definition of a sex slave? / Go to the dictionary, look it up / Let me know, I’ll be here waiting / Some like to get branded / And what some of these girls want, is too much for the radio station / Look, I’m just a man, y’all / Not a monster or beast / But I admit there are times when these girls so fine, they’ll chill with a [n-word] for a week.”

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The three-time Grammy winner also calls out Legend, Harvey and radio host Tom Joyner, all of whom have spoken out about the accusations against him. “I admit it, I love Steve Harvey / John Legend and Tom Joyner,” Kelly sings on the track. “They’re doing good in their lives right now, why would they wanna tear down another brother?”

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Additionally, Kelly responds to rumors he has slept with underage girls: “I admit I f—k with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies / But tell me how they call it pedophile because that s—t is crazy / You may have your opinions, entitled to your opinions / But really, am I supposed to go to jail or lose my career because of your opinion?”

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