R.Kelly addresses the multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against him in a sprawling 19-minute song called “I Admit” that dropped Monday morning.
The singer strikes a familiar defensive tone in the song, singing about the tall odds he overcame to attain success and accusing haters of trying to destroy his career — “I done made some mistakes” — but fiercely denying the strongest accusations against him. “How they gon’ say I don’t respect these women, when all I’ve done is represent (30 years)/ Take my career and turn it upside down, ’cause you mad I’ve got some girlfriends (girlfriends),” he sings.
He sort-of admits to his widely reported predilection for younger women, at one point singing “I admit I f– with all the ladies, that’s both older and young ladies/ But tell me how they call it pedophile, because that sh- 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/ Yeah, go ahead and stone me, point your finger at me/ Turn the world against me, but only god can mute me,” he continues.