Singer R. Kelly, despite being incarcerated in Chicago, Ill., over sex trafficking and racketeering charges, took to Instagram on Friday, January 8, to share a snippet of a new verse lifted from his 2011 song "Shut Up."
While the musical artist had been inactive from the social media platform for a year, in an effort to celebrate his 54th birthday behind bars, Kelly broke his silence with a new song amid claims he sexually assaulted and trafficked dozens of underage women for almost three decades.
In the Instagram post, the Grammy winner is seen holding up several championship belts while the audio is heard playing simultaneously in the background.
From his lyrics, nonetheless, it’s apparent that Kelly is adamant that he’s innocent, further singing that the hearsay which have circulated online have at last managed to tarnish his music career.
“A tsunami of rumors have come to wipe my career away | After 22 years of a blessed career | Had me lying in my hospital bed crying mad tears | But just as I have many people hatin me, had so many people loving me.”
"And to everybody that be calling me, telling what they’ve been sayin’ about me/Bringin’ me all of this negative s**t, and ya’ll the ones I ain’t f**king with," the clip went on before it abruptly cuts off.
His caption for the post reads: "Thank you God, for My Life!”
Over the weekend, Kelly, who disabled comments for the post, was only able to amass 300,000 views, which was a stark contrast to his previous birthday post in January 2020, attracting over one million clicks and almost 40,000 comments.
The “I Wish” singer-songwriter was indicted on 10 counts of aggregated sexual abuse back in February 2019, trailed by his arrest in July of that same year on federal charges alleging obstruction of justice, sex crimes, human trafficking, child pornography and human trafficking.
He was faced with an additional eight federal counts, which included kidnapping and forced labor.
Details regarding the alleged trauma and abuse his victims endured over several years had played out in the Lifetime mini-series Surviving R. Kelly in January 2019.
The case is expected to go to trial in Brooklyn, N.Y., early April, but the father of three had pleaded not guilty to the multiple federal and state charges.
Kelly’s latest legal troubles come just 18 years after he was indicted on 13 counts of child pornography in 2002 but was acquitted of those charges in 2008.