R. Kelly broke the silence by sharing one of his hit songs while in jail on his birthday.
The R&B artist is in Chicago jail awaiting trial for sex crimes involving underage women and girls. Kelly’s time behind bars was not enough to keep her from mentioning her 2011 song “Shut Up,” which appears to be a reference to her current legal issues.
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A clip for the song was posted to his official Instagram account on January 8. A photo of Kelly holding multiple championship belts is the clutter of the remodeled track.
“And even before the doctors were done and I could wake up / A tsunami of rumors had come to erase my career / After 22 years of a blessed career / I had been lying in my hospital bed crying tears madness, ”Kelly’s song says. “But just like I had a lot of people who hated me, I had so many people who loved me / And let’s not forget the hood that covered me across the world.
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“And to everyone who calls me, tell what they said about me / bring me all that negative stuff, and you’ll be the ones I’m not f – ing with,” the clip continued before turning cut.
The caption accompanying Kelly’s last birthday message reads: “Thank you my God for my life! ”
Comments were disabled for the Instagram post, but it was viewed almost 300,000 times on Sunday morning.
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It’s a stark contrast to the celebratory post her account shared last year for her 53rd birthday, which showed Kelly on stage singing her happy birthday two years before. The post has over a million views and 39,300 comments.
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However, some fans expressed positive birthday wishes to Kelly over the weekend.
The singer’s Instagram account still has 1.3 million followers while his trial is ongoing.
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Born Robert Sylvester Kelly, the three-time Grammy Award winner has pleaded not guilty to multiple federal and state charges, including child sexual exploitation, production of child pornography, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering and obstruction of justice.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.