While songbird turned jail bird R. Kelly is rotting in prison, someone out there thought that they’d kindly release an unauthorized album on his behalf and make a quick buck. I hope they’re happy with a few crumpled ones because no one really wants the music of a convicted sex trafficker. R. Kelly is unhappy that he’s not getting his cut of a few pennies and has set his legal team to solve the mystery of who dropped a bootleg album! The mystery they should be solving is why anyone in their right minds would think an R. Kelly album would sell in 2022.
Over the last few years, R. Kelly has been embroiled in a legal battle over his wrongdoings, currently serving a 30-year sentence for his crimes and awaiting another sentencing in February. You’d think this would be the end of us hearing about Robert Sylvester Kelly, but this week, a 13-song album called I Admit It appeared on Apple and Spotify and included future hits (in Kelly’s mind) titled Good Ole Days and Freaky Sensation. The title of the album might sound familiar because back in 2018, Kelly put out the 19-minute track I Admit it (I Did It) on SoundCloud, where he revealed things like his inability to spell or that he likes “both older and young ladies,” but shockingly not that he’s a sex offender. According to TMZ, the new album was NOT authorized by the singer and was quickly pulled by Spotify and Apple Music. How’s it feel to have something done to you without your consent, Robert? His legal team is now on the case and hopes to bring justice to their client! I think justice is Kelly staying behind bars and us never hearing I Believe I Can Fly ever again, but I’m no fancy attorney.
Kelly’s criminal defense attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, tells TMZ the disgraced singer’s lawyers, entertainment attorneys and trusted friends are all trying to get to the bottom of who currently has access to his music catalog. She says they have a small group of people who they’ve ID’d as culprits … but notes a potential problem could be his material changing hands.
Bonjean says she spoke with R. Kelly Friday afternoon — he was surprised and upset about the music’s release without his permission.
Bonjean tells us stuff like this has been a reoccurring issue for R. Kelly … claiming a bunch of studio equipment, computers and masters were taken shortly after his 2019 arrest. She says there’s also been an issue with his calls and emails being stolen from prison.
Won’t somebody please think of R. Kelly in this trying time!? It’s been reported that the album was uploaded onto streaming services by Ingrooves, a distributor owned by Universal Music Group and that Kelly had no part in making it while in prison. I think I can buy that story because I’m not sure his cellmates would put up listening to him warble about his innocence and purity while mashing his fingers on a Casio keyboard. Meanwhile, Kelly himself is making it clear that he had nothing to do with the leak and has even hinted that it’s not him singing on the album.
Even more mysterious … Kelly seems to insinuate the album recordings aren’t even his voice. He says, “I hope people recognized my voice and know that” he wouldn’t be recording in the middle of a legal battle.
During this voice recording, he seemed to want to prove it’s not his voice on “I Admit It” — so, he broke into a few bars of his song, “When A Woman’s Fed Up.”
Hmmm, when R. Kelly makes a big song and dance about having nothing to do with something, he’s definitely involved! Excuse me for being suspicious of R. Kelly when it comes to this bootleg album. It’s kind of hard to trust someone who gaslit a nation for over 30 year.