Today, the Village Voice published a shocking article about R. Kelly‘s history of alleged sexual abuse. The story, titled “Read the ‘Stomach-Churning’ Sexual Assault Accusations Against R. Kelly in Full,” centered around an interview with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis, the journalist who broke the R. Kelly assault story nearly 15 years ago. Along with detailing many of the disturbing charges — including interactions with underage girls — DeRogatis criticized the media for letting Kells off the hook and giving him the go-ahead to release his latest sexually-charged album, Black Panties.
Rapes, plural. It is on record. Rapes in the dozen. So stop hedging your words and when you tell me what a brilliant ode to pussy Black Panties is, then realize that the next sentence should say: “This, from a man who has committed numerous rapes.” The guy was a monster! Just say it! We do have a justice system and he was acquitted. OK, fine. And these other women took the civil-lawsuit route. He was tried on very narrow grounds. He was tried on a 29-minute, 36-second videotape. He was tried on trading child pornography. He was not tried for rape. He was acquitted of making child pornography. He’s never been tried in court for rape, but look at the statistics… He’s never had his day in court as a rapist. It’s 15 years in the past now, but this record exists. You have to make a choice, as a listener, if music matters to you as more than mere entertainment. And you and I have spent our entire lives with that conviction. This is not just entertainment, this is our lifeblood. This matters.
The story has made its way around the internet and Twittersphere, but the 46-year-old R&B star decided to stop it in its track by speaking his peace during an interview with Atlanta’s V-103.
When asked about the integrity of the article, the Pied Piper compared himself to a football player.
“Well I feel like I got the football man, and I’m running towards the touchdown and if I stop and look back or mess around, I’ll get tackled,” he explained.
“When you get on top of anything, it’s very windy,” he continued. “It’s about holding your balance once you get up there…Spiritually, I’m a climber.”
He went to direct any naysayers, haters and everything in between to the last record on his new project, perfectly titled “Shut Up.”
“I’m just thankful I can go anywhere musically, any genre I want to go to, I can do that,” he said of his 12th studio album. “R&B is my home, my mansion. I’m in my living room right now, metaphorically. It feels good. I can always go home.”
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12 R. Kelly Songs To Get You In The Mood
1. It's Ya Boy Kells!
Since the early 90s, R. Kelly has been giving us a steady stream of hits specifically for the lovers. His explicit lyrics and sexy symbolism are enough to give listeners chills down their spines and classify as "baby making music." On December 10th he'll do it again with the release of his 12th solo studio album "Black Panties," but first here are 12 of R.Kelly's best songs that are perfect for getting "in the mood."
2. "Half On A Baby"
Not ashamed to say that "Half On A Baby" is one of my favorite R.Kelly songs. Don't let this song come on unless you're officially ready to set the mood!
3. "Feelin' On Your Booty"
Who else can make a vulgar phrase like "let me feel on your booty" seem utterly romantic other than R. Kelly? And not to mention harmonizing the word "booty" at the end of the song? Classic! "Feelin' On Your Booty" was one of those jams that took slow dancing to a completely different level; one that was full of ratchet yet classy booty grabbing.
4. "Seems Like You're Ready"
One of R. Kelly's earlier jams, "Seems Like You're Ready", is one that will officially set the mood. Although this song doesn't have that many lyrics, it's enough to get your "temperature rising".
5. "You Remind Me Of My Jeep"
Remember this song? We had to all have been pretty young when it was first released and had absolutely no idea what the heck R.Kelly was singing about. A jeep? A car? A wax? Oh, but now, we understand. Only Kells can make a woman who reminds him of something as random as his jeep, his car and his bank account feel incredibly sexy.
6. "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)"
Is it just me but are things a lot more exciting when they're kept on the "down low" and when nobody knows? Apparently, R.Kelly feels the same way, because in the song "Down Low (Nobody Has To Know)", Kells sings about being in a risky and dangerous romantic relationship. This song is perfect for all of you drawn toward that forbidden fruit!
7. "I Can't Sleep Baby (If I)"
"I Can't Sleep Baby" is another one of my favorite Kells songs. While R. Kelly is known for his mood setting singles, this song takes a little different route and is perfect for those breakup to makeup nights. It's one that just exemplifies being in love and wanting to make things right! Sang, Kelly!
8. "Bump N Grind"
The struggle: "my mind's telling me no, but my body's telling me yes". But according to R.Kelly, it's nothing wrong with a little "Bump N Grind".
One of R.Kelly's more recent songs, "Echo", has all the elements for the perfect mood setting song: raunchy lyrics, a smooth melody and even though it's a little random, we can't forget the yodel!
10. "Slow Wind"
Another one of Kelly's sexy dance songs, "Slow Wind", will get the mood started right on the dance floor and keep it going all the way until the end of the night!
11. "The Zoo"
One of R.Kelly's more underrated songs, "The Zoo", is quite the explicit track. Caution: don't let this song play unless you're ready to bring out the "animal" in you!
12. "Your Body's Calling"
Another one of my ultimate favorite R. Kelly singles, "Your Body's Calling", speaks for itself. Kells knew that when a woman's body was calling for him, he would come running!
13. "12 Play"
Last but not least, "12 Play", perfect for the 12th song on our list. In this track, Kells gives us a 12 step manual for everyone to follow when that "do not disturb" sign is placed on the door. Ladies & fellas, take note!