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Timbaland Comes Under Fire for Claiming R. Kelly is Still King of R&B Despite His Hideous Crimes

Rapper Timbaland has come under for claiming R. Kelly is still the king of R&B despite his hideous crimes.

The record producer, songwriter, and rapper Timbaland made these comments on Shannon Sharpe’s podcast Club Shay Shay.

“R. Kelly’s the king of R&B. We all know that, man,” Timbaland told Sharpe. “Everybody jump when you say ‘R. Kelly’… I’m like, ‘So we just gonna ignore his music that he gave us, that we all jam to? No, we can’t do that.’ His art is his art, I ain’t gonna bash the man’s art.

“Don’t mix music up with personal,” he continued. “Music is a feeling that stands alone. Music is something that don’t have no race, that brings people together. It don’t have no drama with it. It is a place of enjoyment, of feeling, so don’t bring drama into music. Leave that outside.”

A Federal Court in Chicago sentenced the disgracedSinger R. Kelly to 20 years in prison on charges of pornography and enticement of a minor in March. This sentence followed another lengthy conviction in 2021 when a New York court sentenced him to 30 years prison term for sex trafficking and racketeering. The federal judge, however, rejected the request from prosecutors to keep Kelly behind bars until he is 100.

Prosecutors had asked for a separate 25-year sentence to be served after the 30 years previous sentence. “Robert Kelly is a serial sexual predator who, over the course of many years, specifically targeted young girls and went to great lengths to conceal his abuse of Jane and other minor victims. To this day, and even following the jury verdict against him, Kelly refuses to accept responsibility for his crimes,” the prosecutors had stated at the court.

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Written by Darnell Simmons

Investigative Journalist, social analysis