👀Surviving R. Kelly

With all the madness going on with R. Kelly, I wasn’t going to state my opinion because the issue is a rather touchy subject. However, as a blogger, I want to add my 2 cents.

Stephy Says 💋 Let me add this disclaimer: This is all my opinion. Nothing that I’m saying is law.

Do I believe he is guilty? Yes. Do I believe that the blame alone is his and that he is solely guilty? NO. I am not going to speak on what he did in his personal life as that really isn’t the point of my post. (Not taking up for him nor am I saying what he did is to be excused or overlooked because I do believe he needs to be reprimanded, however, I do want to remind everyone that he was a victim as a child as well. That type of trauma as a child changes a person)

Interactive moment: what kind of person do you think R. Kelly would have been if he had not gotten sexually molested at a young age? Drop your comments in the comment section 📥

I digressed…

Here’s the point I am making:

Regardless of what he did in his personal life, we cannot take away the fact that this man is indeed the King of R&B. I refuse to allow what he did personally to take away his credit professionally. No, supporting his music does condone what he did or didn’t do. I’m only stating that we shouldn’t treat him or his music/craft any differently than we do any other artists. There are artists that have murdered individuals in cold blood, yet fans refuse to give up their music. Musically, R. Kelly has set the bar for the R&B artists in the industry.

Realistically, if we don’t allow our personal feelings to get in the way of clear thinking, we can all agree that he’s been making hits for years:

Let’s take away the personal emotions & name a few of these hits:

  • I Believe I Can Fly
  • Bump ‘n’ Grind
  • Step in the name of Love
  • Happy People
  • Trapped in the Closet
  • When A Woman’s Fed Up
  • The World’s Greatest
  • Same Girl

Now, there’s no possible way that you can argue that professionally, he’s not one of the biggest names in the industry (probably bigger now that all the attention has shifted to him after 20 years).

What’s interesting is Future reveals that he believes we are giving R. Kelly too much attention. Check out Future’s thoughts here. My take on Future’s response is Kelly had already dropped major hits before Future even dropped one, therefore one can not just “forget” about R. Kelly.

I understand not attending any of R. Kelly’s concerts (R. Kelly won’t even be attending his own lol), but Stephy Says 💋 to stop listening to his music all together is a bit extreme.

You can do whatever you like, but as for me, when Step in the Name of Love & Happy People come on, 🗣I’m gon’ step 🤷🏽‍♀️.

I had the pleasure of reading Sex Me: Confessions of Daddy’s Little Freak & it was a good read & definitely shook things up a little. This book put other things in perspective. Read it, and leave me comments on your thoughts.

As always –Stephy Says 💋 LIKE, COMMENT, SHARE, and SUBSCRIBE

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