But we knew that a long time ago, and if you’re still supporting him, then you’re feculent adjacent
“I’m not in no lane. I’m music and I just want people to know me as music.”
Those words were uttered by R. Kelly at the end of 2015 when speaking with Rolling Stone about his 13th album, The Buffet.
One of the project’s offerings included a duet with his estranged daughter, Ariiraye’. The song is entitled Be There, an emotional anchor that many consider the album’s best song.
“Who has the balls to write a song about the father and daughter not seeing each other, not being with each other, and need to see each other, and need balance in they lives,” said Kelly. “Who can put that song together where the melody worked, the hook works and the lyrics connect? So that’s when I step in. I’ll write the song that other people want to say but just don’t know how to put the words together.”
Kelly is certainly a musical genius when it comes to putting R&B melodies, hooks and lyrics together in ways that connect with people in deep and mysterious ways. And he’s right, he’s not in no lane. He went outside the lines long ago into a dark, twisted, deviant lane that begs a serious question to be answered: why in the world are people still spending money on his albums, on his concerts, and supporting a man who is now 50 years old with a predilection for preying on teenage girls?
I’d like to see if he has the balls to write a song about a father and a daughter not seeing each other, not being with each other and the need to see each other, because he, himself, has manipulated the young girl’s mind and led her into isolation and sexual servitude through physical, verbal and emotional abuse.
We’ve known for a long time what R. Kelly is. Some of us have decided long ago that, as gifted as he is musically, supporting him and financially directing our hard-earned disposable income in his direction borders on wrapping our arms around, and singing and dancing to, something that at its essence is sick and evil.
If you haven’t read today’s Buzzfeed piece that alleges that he keeps at least six women on his various properties where he dictates what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep and how they engage in sexual encounters, which he reportedly records to show to his male friends, please do so.