While the #MuteRKelly movement has more traction today than it ever has, R. Kelly still appears to be unbothered, recently telling a group of friends that “it’s too late” to silence the R&B star.
A Facebook Live video attributed to retired NBA star Antoine Walker surfaced on Twitter May 17, showing the “Ignition” artist explain to friends that his music has had too large of an impact on the masses for his career to end on anything other than his own terms.
“I got a million muthaf*ckas hating me and 40 billion muthaf*ckas loving me, you know what I’m saying? … I am handcuffed, like a lot of you muthaf*ckas, I’m handcuffed by my destiny. It’s too late, they shoulda did this sh*t 30 years ago. It’s too late. The music has been injected into the world. OK? I hired my mutherf*cking self.”
Check out the footage below.
So, remember that I told you about that random Antoine Walker FB Live video with R. Kelly last night? Well, here is partially slurring Kels proposing a toast declaring “it’s too late” to #MuteRKelly pic.twitter.com/a45z7EDis2
— Exavier Pope (@exavierpope) May 18, 2018
TMZ reports sources close to the singer claim Kelly was making reference to those attempting to silence his music, including Spotify and certain media outlets who refuse to play his records. He reportedly was not addressing his sexual misconduct accusers specifically.
There may be a bit of truth to Kelly’s assertion, as his removal from major Spotify playlists has only improved his numbers with the streaming giant.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.