R Kelly Drops 19-Minute Song ‘I Admit’ Addressing ‘Pedophile’ and ‘Sex Slave’ Accusations (Audio)

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R. Kelly might want to get some fresh legal advice. The R&B singer released 19-minute track “I Admit” on Monday — the song, which includes chorus “I admit it/I did it,” covers the accusations that Kelly kidnapped women and held them as sex slaves, and the allegation that he slept with underage girls.

“Today is the day you’ve been waiting for,” Kelly wrote on Instagram, directing followers to the same SoundCloud link our readers can find towards the bottom of this post.

Before even that, you can read some of the more explosive lyrics below.

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“I admit I f— wit all the ladies,” he sings at one point. “That’s both older and young ladies/But tell me how they call it ‘pedophile’ because of that s—/that’s 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?”

“I admit I am not perfect,” Kelly says later. “I never said I was perfect/Say I’m abusing these women/What the f—?/That’s some absurd s—/They brainwashed?/Really?/Kidnapped?/Really?/Can’t eat?/ Really?/Real talk/that s— sound silly.”

And then there’s this: “What’s the definition of a ‘cult’?/What’s the definition of a ‘sex slave’?/Go to the dictionary/look it up/Let me know/I’ll be here waiting.”

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At numerous other points in the lengthy song, Kelly defends himself against the many accusations lobbed against him. He is introspective at other moments. Much of the legal stuff is lyrically covered with a lack of clarity.

Other admissions include not going to church, not owning his own music, loving Steve Harvey, and that he is functionally illiterate. Kelly also says he was molested by a family member from age 7 to 14.

Listen to the full song below.

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“I Admit” written and arranged by Kelly, and produced by Kelly & Noc.

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Rapper XXXTentacion Signed $10 Million Album Deal Weeks Before Death

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Weeks before his death, rapper XXXTentacion (real name Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy) had signed a $10 million album dollar deal with indie label Empire, according to the New York Times.

The agreement, which only covered one album — XXXTentacion’s third official release — was with the same music company that released the South Florida emcee’s first album, “17.”

Onfroy was shot and killed on June 18. Three days later, Broward County Sheriff’s Department arrested 22-year-old Dedrick D. Williams and booked him on several charges, including first-degree murder, a probation violation for theft of a car and driving without a valid license.

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XXXTentacion started his career posting tracks to streaming site SoundCloud. The prolific rapper had finished “a significant amount of material” for the new album, Empire founder Ghazi Shami told the Times. There were no firm plans for its release, he added.

Due to a clause in XXXTentacion’s last record deal, which was with a distribution unit Universal Music Group, the new effort may not be released until at least October, per the paper.

That is not ideal from a business standpoint, as streams for the rapper’s material have skyrocketed since his murder last month.

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Empire dropped “17” on August 2017, which opened at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. His second album, “?,” opened at No. 1 in March.

XXXTentacion’s existing big money deal with Empire covers only this next release.

The hip-hop artist’s rise to fame in the rap world had been rocked by legal troubles dating back to 2014 when he was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. In 2016, he was arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.

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5 Things To Know About Rapper XXXTentacion, From Feuds With Drake to Legal Trouble

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Rapper XXXTentacion was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting Monday in South Florida. His death at age 20 was met with an outpouring of grief online from artists and collaborators such as Kanye West, J. Cole, Diplo and many more.

This sudden end to XXXTentacion’s life, whose real name was Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, caps off an explosive career in which the Florida-based rapper quickly rose to the top of the charts, but was also at the center of internet fame, controversy, arrests and public feuds. Here are five things you may not know about the rapper and his short-lived, yet troubled career.

1. He got his start on SoundCloud

XXXTentacion released his first track “News/Flock” onto the music streaming service SoundCloud in 2013. His subsequent releases, which had him not just rapping but also singing and experimenting in vocal styles of whispering and screaming, quickly earned him an online cult following among a genre of rap music known as “SoundCloud rap.” It’s music that’s designed to sound raw, loud, crass and abrasive as a way of bolstering its independent authenticity, and he racked up thousands of streams collaborating with rapper Ski Mask the Slump God and others under the moniker Members Only.

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XXXTentacion’s career took off when he released his breakthrough “Look at Me!” in 2016, which he eventually re-released as a single in 2017 that hit the Billboard 100 and appeared on his debut album “17.”

2. He has some unlikely influences

Part of what allowed XXXTentacion to stand out from other SoundCloud rappers of his ilk were his influences that included everything from R&B to punk, indie rock and even nu-metal. He’s cited artists as diverse as Nirvana, The Weeknd and The Fray as influences on his work, and he’s even had some unexpected collaborators, including most notably Noah Cyrus on the track “Again.”

For proof of just how far he could stretch expectations, check out this devastating cypher in which the beat cuts out entirely and he proclaims in a somber tone, “And if the world ever has an apocalypse, I will kill all of you f—ers.”

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3. He’s had a lot of legal troubles

And yet listening to XXXTentacion has been a source of contention for many rap fans considering his numerous arrests and accusations of domestic assault. In 2014, he was sent to a youth detention center for a year on gun possession charges. And in 2016, he was arrested again and charged with robbery and assault with a deadly weapon. Then in October of that same year while out on bail awaiting trial, he was arrested on charges of false imprisonment, witness tampering and aggravated battery of a pregnant victim.

Spin published a thorough timeline of each of X’s legal woes and disturbing comments about women, including one exchange where he recalls slapping “a b—h” in his high school after asking his mother for advice.

4. His music was pulled from Spotify

The morality of listening to his music in turn sparked a debate when Spotify made a decision to remove his music, along with R. Kelly’s, from curated, discoverable playlists, though they were still available on demand. “We don’t censor content because of an artist’s or creator’s behavior, but we want our editorial decisions — what we choose to program — to reflect our values,” Spotify said in a statement via the New York Times. “When an artist or creator does something that is especially harmful or hateful, it may affect the ways we work with or support that artist or creator.”

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5. He had a Twitter beef with Drake

After his music started charting, the young rapper took to Twitter to engage in a long beef with Drake, with people even accusing Drake of copying XXXTentacion’s flow.

“Drake mom kinda cute, she could get it,” he tweeted back in 2017. He even released a video where he challenged Drake to a rap battle with outrageous stakes. “I’ll run around the street butt-ass naked, I’ll tattoo Drake name on my ass cheek if he can be original for two seconds or outrap me,” he said.

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Twitter’s Annual Report Reveals That Its $70 Million SoundCloud Investment Was a Bust

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SoundCloud Nearing Lifeline Deal With Private Equity Firms (Report)

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SoundCloud Responds to ‘Extensive Inaccuracies’ in Article Claiming It Is Almost Out of Money

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SoundCloud Loses Another Top Exec

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SoundCloud Says It’s Doing Fine, Looking for New Funding

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Twitter Shut Out of Trump ‘Tech Summit’ Over #CrookedHillary Emoji (Report)

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was notably absent from Donald Trump’s much-hyped “Tech Summit” on Wednesday after the social network reneged on a $5 million emoji deal with Donald Trump’s campaign, The Hill reports.

The Washington website says a “source familiar with the situation” said Republican National Committee Chief Strategist and Communications Director Sean Spicer booted Twitter from the meeting in retaliation for backing out of the agreement.

Spicer the report, telling The Hill that he “had absolutely nothing to do with this meeting.” Ironically, he continued to deny the reports on Twitter, calling the allegations “another example of false, reprehensible, pathetic, tabloid faux journalism.”

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In October, the Washington Examiner reported that Dorsey scrapped the emoji deal, citing legal issues. One problem involved an emoji that included the hashtag #CROOKEDHILLARY beside a bag of money. Twitter reportedly argued the emoji did not make it clear that it came from the Trump campaign.

According to The Hill, Trump’s campaign was hoping to debut the emojis in time for the Oct. 9 presidential debate.

As TheWrap previously reported, top execs from the world’s biggest tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google parent Alphabet, Facebook and Microsoft — many of whom actively supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign — were invited to Trump Tower.

Later on Wednesday, Spicer skirted a question about Dorsey during a CNN interview.

“This is an initial list of people who got together who wanted to sit down with Mr. Trump, talk about his general take, his vision, how what they are doing in Silicon Valley, in technology, could fit into that,” Spicer said, adding that Dorsey might be considered for “follow-up meetings.”

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The New York Times reports Trump met the Tech titans with an “effusive greeting.”

“This is a truly amazing group of people,” the Times reported Trump as saying. “I won’t tell you the hundreds of calls we’ve had asking to come to this meeting.” Trump also promised to “help you folks do well.”

Among those in attendance: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos; Tesla’s Elon Musk; Apple’s Tim Cook; Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg; Alphabet’s Larry Page; and Microsoft’s Satya Nadella.

The Times also noted that Trump was seated next to tech billionaire Peter Thiel, who is a member of the Trump transition team. Three of Trump’s children also attended.

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