Questlove, Phonte, & More React to R. Kelly’s Terrible 19-Minute Song “I Admit”

R. Kelly is back on his bullshit

On Monday (July 23rd) R. Kelly released a 19-minute song called “I Admit.”

It’s atrocious.

READ: The Women of Color of Time’s Up Throw Their Support Behind the #MuteRKelly Campaign

On the track, R.Kelly addresses a number of the controversies and criminal accusations swirling around him. He sings about his past pedophilia case, the ongoing allegations that he is running a sex cult, Spotify banning his songs from promoted playlists, and more.

READ: R. Kelly Accused Of Training 14-Year-Old Girl As His Sex “Pet”

At one point he mentions Aaliyah, who he married when she was 15, singing:

Now Wendy Williams mad with me
But I ain’t never offered her no drink
But I’ll admit that she asked me,
“Can I get a little Hennessey?”
Then we both turned off our phones
We drinked, I smoked, we talked
And I admit that I told it all
From my good points to my faults
She said, “What about Aaliyah?”
I said, “Love”
She said, “What about the tape?”
I said, “Hush”
I said, “My lawyer said, ‘Don’t say noth’’
But I can tell you I’ve been set up


As soon as the song was released it was met with an icy reception. First, there was scorn and disbelieve. Eventually, like most things that make its way to Twitter, people just started laughing at it.

This goes for celebrities, too, who couldn’t help but comment on the track. With the exception of screwball rapper Lil B, who seemed to like the emotion displayed on the song, most celebrities on Twitter thought it was fucking dumb and couldn’t believe it was nearly 20 minutes long.

From Questlove to Talib Kweli to Ava Duvernay here are the best celebrity reactions to R. Kelly’s “I Admit.”

Lil B


Open Mike Eagle



Ava DuVernay


Roxane Gay

Jemele Hill

W. Kamau Bell

And then there was Talib Kweli. Who started out criticizing “I Admit,” but then had to defend himself over his own allegations.

Talib Kweli

Maybe R. Kelly should just…go away.

Dimas Sanfiorenzo

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