R. Kelly, the disgraced R&B singer who is currently serving a 30-year sentence on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges, has managed to release a new album provocatively titled “I Admit It.”
The 13-song album, which Kelly co-authored with “D. Johnson” as producer” covers standard Kelly terrain with tracks like “I Got It” and “Good Old Days,” right through to the final three tracks, a 19-minute triptych in which he “confesses” relationships with fans and straying from a partner while indirectly acknowledging and protesting his long, sordid list of sex crime convictions.
“You’ve been brainwashed, really? kidnapped, really? Can’t eat, really? Real talk, that sounds silly,” he sings in one song, referring to testimonies that he ran some kind of sex cult.
Kelly first released a version of these last three album tracks on Soundcloud in 2018. “I Admit It” was briefly available to stream on Apple Music and Spotify before both services pulled it down on Friday. The album is distributed by Ingrooves, part of Virgin Music Group, a division of Universal Music Group.
The label “Legacy Recordings” mentioned on “I Admit It” is Sony Music’s back catalog imprint. Sony dropped Kelly in 2019 following the release of the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly. Sony said in a statement that “I Admit It” was a bootleg and not a formal release, and an attorney for Kelly told Variety that the singer isn’t responsible for the album either and that his “intellectual property is being stolen.” ”
Kelly was a staple in pop and R&B throughout the ’90s and 2000s, releasing hugely successful singles like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Ignition (Remix)” despite allegations of sexual assault and underage abuse dogged his career up to his eventual federal sentencing in June. His last official release was the single “No Problems” in September 2021.
Kelly faces an additional conviction in a child pornography conviction in Illinois in February.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-12-09/r-kelly-prison-new-album R. Kelly releases new album from prison