R. Kelly is responding to the recent resurfacing of the infamous sexual assault allegations against him, and he doesn't seem too bothered by the scandal.
A week following the release of his 12th studio album, Black Panties, R.'s infamous sexual past and legal drama were detailed in The Village Voice.
The story detailing the star’s various accusations of relationships with underage girls is not new. He was sued dozens of times, arrested and charged.
He was never convicted in criminal court, though numerous lawsuits involving graphic, sickening R. Kelly sexual abuse were settled out of court.
The Village Voice's point was largely that Kelly gets a pass from the media nowadays, and should not, given his shady past and predatory ways.
The singer responded to the story and those who are revisiting his controversial past during a radio interview with Big Tigger on Atlanta’s V-103:
“Well I feel like I got the football, man, I’m running towards the touchdown and stopping and looking back, mess around, I’ll get tackled,” he said.
“And I also want my fans and everybody out there to know that I really appreciate everybody’s support from the very beginning of my career."
"But as you know, when you get on top of anything, it’s very windy up there.”
“It’s not just about getting on top, it’s about holding your balance once you get up there…You have to be spiritually a climber. So I feel good about Black Panties."
"As long as I got fans screaming my name, buying my records and supporting R. Kelly, everybody who doesn’t agree should listen to the last song on Black Panties."
That song's title, in case you don't own the new album (and we really, really hope you aren't giving money to this guy) is called simply "Shut Up."
Basically, R.'s got no time for people pointing out what a creep he is.