when the world heaved a sigh of relief R Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison Back in June.
The singer was indicted on charges related to the rape and trafficking of dozens of female victims, many of whom were minors.
Many victims bravely testified in court, perhaps in the hope that they would never again have to see the face of their oppressor.
So you can imagine their horror upon learning today that Kelly had somehow released a new album that was available for streaming on Spotify.
Adding to the shock of the situation is the fact that the project was titled i accept itWhat appears to be a sinister reference to the many, many allegations against Kelly.
The album contains a track titled “I Admit It (I Did It)”, in which the singer justifies his actions and refutes the allegations against him.
“I f–ked up with a couple of fans,” Kelly rapped at one point.
“How come they say I don’t respect these women while representing what I’ve done,” Kelly said.
From there, the convicted sex offender charges his critics with envy, singing that the public is “crazy, I got some girlfriends.”
Believe it or not, it gets worse from there.
The album – which appeared today without prior warning on Spotify and other streaming platforms – features a 15-minute song in which Kelly blames the parents of her victims for her crimes.
“And if you really wanna know. Her dad left her on my show,” Kelly sings.
“And told this guy to put her on stage. I agree she was overage.
Spotify reps say they have no idea how a new album appeared on Kelly’s artist page, as she has been banned from the service since 2018.
“At the request of the distributor, this content has been removed from the platform,” the company said in a statement released today.
In fact, the album is no longer available on Spotify, Apple Music, or any other major streaming outlet.
Representatives of Kelly’s former label, Sony Music, have also claimed ignorance of the project.
Insiders say that the collection of songs was illegal, and was never intended to be an official album.
Some of the songs date back to 2018, but this is the first time that they have been packaged together like this.
According to Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonzen, the singer’s entourage is not behind the release and that her “intellectual property is being stolen.”
Hopefully Kelly & Co. isn’t expecting too much sympathy from the public on this one.
And hopefully, Spotify and other services will introduce safeguards to prevent this type of incident from happening again.