R. KellyLegacy is fiercely debated amid new Kendrick Lamar lyrics that touch on a now-disgraced/condemned R&B legend – the question is… did he make good music???
It’s something that’s being debated on Twitter right now, after someone apparently reacted to one of Kenny’s new songs on his ‘Mr. Morality and The Big Steppers” in which he hypocritically suggests that his SO is still listening to Kelly’s music – no matter what.
Here’s the original Thursday tweet that started this whole conversation – a user writes: “I wish you would stop saying that everyone listens to R. Kelly’s music in secret like no we don’t 😭😭😭 I promise you that the music is not so good.”
They further added… “And if you have to listen to it in secret, that means you know it’s wrong, so where do we go from here.”
Apparently, the track “We Cry Together” is mentioned, featuring Taylor Page in a heated rap argument with Kendrick. At one point, she says… “You’re the reason Harvey Weinstein had to see his imprisonment // You’re the reason R. Kelly can’t admit he’s violent.”
To which Ken responds in song… “Dude, shut up, we all know you still play his music // Said I’m tired of these emotional, ungrateful bitches // Fake innocence, fake feminist, stop pretending // Your feelings are no more real than what you are defending.”
Back to the tweet… a lot of people responded that denying that R. Kelly wrote “good” music is absurd – to be honest, the guy has the accolades and writing/producing credits to objectively prove it. The fact is that R. Kelly was without a doubt a real hitmaker.
There is no shortage of stars he has written/produced for and/or with (or in many cases all three) – the list consists of names such as Alia, B2K, Diddy, Toni Braxton, Lady Gaga, Shine, Maxwell, MICHAEL JACKSON, Nick Cannon, Jinuwin, Isley brothers., WHITNEY HOUSTON, Asher, Chris Brown, Jennifer Hudson, pit bull, Justin Bieber … and much more.
Of course, this doesn’t even touch on his personal list of hits that were wildly popular when they were released. “I believe I can fly” and many others.
It seems to come down to this: can two things be true at the same time, and more importantly, can we separate art from the artist? If so, then simply no one can argue that R. Kelly did not make good music in his best years … and yes, he also did terrible things.
Are you still bumping into R. Kelly in 2022???
With that said, we’re asking the obvious – keep in mind the answers are anonymous – but if we’re really… are YOU still playing R. Kelly’s music today despite his personal behavior???