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Editorial: A Look at the Latest R. Kelly Allegations


Editorial courtesy of Steve 'Flash' Juon.

[R. Kelly courtesy Wikimedia Commons]Robert Sylvester Kelly, you got some 'splainin to do!

Let's start out with some facts before we address the drama. Fact #1: R. Kelly is not charged with any crimes AT THIS TIME. That could change at a later date. Fact #2: The woman at the center of this drama is presently of legal age to be considered a consenting adult. That doesn't mean any other woman involved could be the same, nor does it make his alleged behavior any less suspect. Fact #3: Unless other women come forward to confirm any of the current allegations against Mr. Kelly, this story might end up dead in the water. Someone needs to corroborate the story and in corroborating it there needs to be actual evidence of criminal misconduct. For now he's innocent until proven guilty, although a famous duet might suggest otherwise.



Now then if you hadn't already heard the news, R. Kelly apparently has a real life "cult of personality" and he's not letting anyone out of it. The allegations come from two parents named J. and Tim who moved from Memphis to Atlanta to help their oldest daughter pursue a career in music. That makes sense given Atlanta has been and continues to be a hotbed for hip-hop and R&B. Now the fair minded "there's two sides to every story" argument is that the daughter cut off contact because J. and Tim were control freaks and that their daughter is just happy to be living life on her own pursuing her musical dream. On the other hand Kelly did once secretly marry Aaliyah when she was ONLY 15, a marriage that was later annulled because she wasn't of age to consent. Then of course there was Kelly's underage sex tape scandal, although the record will show he was ultimately found not guilty. The point is that Kelly's kept some secrets "in the closet" over time that tends to make one question what he does.



So J. and Tim accuse R. Kelly of brainwashing their daughter and not letting her have contact with her family. That could be stage parents with sour grapes. To corroborate their story though three women formerly in Kelly's entourage say that they were treated in the exact same way. Cheryl Mack, Kitti Jones, and Asante McGee all say they lived in rental properties controlled by Kelly in Atlanta and Chicago. According to BuzzFeed Kelly was "dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters that he records." The allegations run deep enough that I don't want to recount them all here. Any individually would be disturbing, combined a fairly grim picture. I don't think it is hard to believe that aspiring young singers who look up to a man who has sold over a hundred million records and is worth over a hundred million dollars could easily forget who they are in a desperate chase to taste that same success.



Once again it needs to be stated that Kelly should at least in the eyes of the law be given the benefit of the doubt. Despite his sketchy marriage to Aaliyah and long court case involving alleged sex with a minor he has never been convicted of anything. That doesn't mean that Kelly hasn't been sued numerous times before in civil court though, and any case that seems to have the least bit of merit always ends up being settled with some sort of payout and the signing of a non-disclosure agreement between both sides. That doesn't prove anything. It also doesn't make Kelly seem like a completely innocent person. If Kelly wants to clear his name (again) it seems like he should let J. and Tim speak to their daughter, who claim (their word of course) they've only received two texts from her in the last 12 months. For it to have reached the point of becoming a mainstream news story one can only say they're NOT going away, so Kelly is going to need to deal with these new allegations sooner or later.
Video: @iitsAD @SorryJaynari Discuss Making West Coast Music (@VladTV)


Video: AD & Sorry Jaynari Discuss Making Authentic West Coast Music

Vlad: West Coast up and comers AD and Sorry Janari stopped by VladTV for an exclusive interview. The pair discuss what defines west coast sound and why they believe it lost its originality as it meshed with popular sounds. AD also discusses going from a bedroom producer to a multi-platinum one as Jaynari talks about breaking through with his first big single.

Audio: @TrapBeckham - "Lil Booties Matter"


Audio: Trap Beckham - "Lil Booties Matter"

AKW: Def Jam Recordings' rising star, Trap Beckham, has released his new single, "Lil Booties Matter." Produced by Da Internz, the infectious party track is the first single off the Jacksonville native's debut EP, Life Is Lit, coming soon!

Video: M R$CH - "Disturb Tha Peace" (@M_Riich @FlyLikeDove)


Video: M R$CH - "Disturb Tha Peace" (dir. LouieKnows)

Dove: Video director LouieKnows, recognized for his work with the likes of Famous Dex and Wale, takes us on a hoodrich tour with young M R$CH for "Disturb Tha Peace". This song was produced by The Lab Cook, Cail, and LegendaryKeyz, and will appear on M R$CH's upcoming R$CH FLAIR album.

Video: Lil Mikey TMB on His Car Getting Shot Up 100 Times (@VladTV @MoneyBoyMikey)


Video: Lil Mikey TMB on His Car Getting Shot Up 100 Times, Shows Massive Scar

Vlad: Oakland up and comer Lil Mikey TMB stopped by VladTV for an exclusive interview detailing his eventful life leading up to this point. He discusses growing up in East Oakland and being the nephew of legendary Money B. He recalls times when 2Pac and Digital Underground would be at his grandmother's house when he was a child. He also discusses his past life in the streets, recalling times when he was shot and in a coma.

Video: @Supah504 - "FreeSteez" (@rRAPpromo)


Video: $upah - "FreeSteez"

RRP: $upah The Sun God is beaming, bringing that premium energy straight from the South with his new project, 6ix21, presented by Premium Records LLC and hosted by DJ Cole.

PR: @VicMensa Announces Debut Album + Shares New Song (@Biz3)


PR: Vic Mensa Announces Debut Album + Shares New Song Ft. Pharrell

Biz 3: VIC MENSA ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM, THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY, OUT JULY 28

EXECUTIVE PRODUCED BY NO I.D. AND FEATURES WEEZER, THE-DREAM, PUSHA T, TY DOLLA $IGN, SYD, CHIEF KEEF, JOEY PURP, DREEZY, SAUL WILLIAMS AND MORE

SHARES NEW TRACK "WINGS" FT. PHARRELL & SAUL WILLIAMS: https://VMensa.me/Wings

AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW: https://VMensa.me/TheAutobiography

GRAMMY-nominated artist Vic Mensa will release his debut album, The Autobiography, on July 28 via Roc Nation/Capitol Records. In celebration, he shares the track "Wings" featuring Pharrell & Saul Williams, which is now available for download/streaming HERE. The Autobiography is available for pre-order HERE. Fans who pre-order the digital album will instantly receive "Wings."

Executive produced by No I.D., The Autobiography features Weezer, The-Dream, Pusha T, Ty Dolla $ign, SYD, Chief Keef, Joey Purp, Dreezy, Saul Williams and more. See below for track listing. Earlier this week, Mensa partnered with a handful of local bookstores in Chicago to reveal the album title, release date and artwork, tying into the literary theme of the project.

The album is confessional to its core with a narrative that spans Mensa's entire life. The 24-year-old artist digs deeply into his past ("Didn't I," "Heaven On Earth"), demonstrating how it impacts his present ("Rollin Like A Stoner," "Down 4 Some Ignorance"), and how to move forward with his future ("We Could Be Free," "Rage"). Known for his politically charged opinions, Mensa highlights numerous issues on The Autobiography, including racial identity, addiction, mental and emotional distress, and personal freedom.

"It's such an honor to be giving you all my debut album, The Autobiography. This is my blood sweat & tears, i'm so infinitely grateful to everyone that's been here with me for the ride. A lot of you were down with me when I was going through some of the hardest parts of my life, and I wrote an album about them, my debut album. I got so much love for the people that support me and I really did this album for y'all. Based on a true story." - VIC MENSA

Raised on the South Side of Chicago, Vic Mensa first came to prominence as co-founder of Chicago's premier SAVEMONEY rap collective. His 2013 solo debut mixtape INNANETAPE set the stage for his XXL Freshman cover in 2014. Mensa dropped the critically acclaimed EP There's A Lot Going On in the spring of 2016 and the four-song capsule THE MANUSCRIPT in June of 2017. His explosive song "U MAD" has amassed 47 million cumulative streams and its companion video has clocked in over 15 million plays to date.

WATCH THE VIDEO FOR "OMG" FT. PUSHA: https://youtu.be/SJKnfoSpUOw

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY TRACK LISTING:

1 - Didn't I (Say I Didn't)
2 - Memories on 47th St.
3 - Rollin' Like A Stoner
4 - Homewrecker (feat. Weezer)
5 - Gorgeous (feat. Syd)
6 - Heaven on Earth (feat. The-Dream)
7 - Card Cracker (Skit)
8 - Down 4 Some Ignorance (Ghetto Lullaby) [feat. Chief Keef & Joey Purp]
9 - Coffee & Cigarettes
10 - Wings (feat. Pharrell Williams & Saul Williams)
11 - Heaven on Earth (Reprise)
12 - The Fire Next Time
13 - We Could Be Free (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
14 - Rage [Bonus Track]
15 - OMG (feat. Pusha T) [Bonus Track]

VIC MENSA SOCIALS:

facebook.com/VicMensa1
instagram.com/vicmensa
twitter.com/vicmensa
soundcloud.com/vicsavemoney
vicmensa.com/
Audio: M. Jean M. - "FLAIR" (@mjmtherapper @MsRiverCity)


Audio: M. Jean M. - "FLAIR"

Ms. RC: "FLAIR" the latest audio offering from Houston rapper/songwriter M. Jean M. In a week the independent club banger has already generated nearly 3,000 plays. The track was recorded at Atlas Production's 9020 Studios and produced by Gamble Productions.

Mixtape: @LaronSmithMusic - "No Distractions" (@aeompr)


Mixtape: Laron Smith - "No Distractions"

AEOM: The hot new mixtape, "NO DISTRACTIONS" by Rapper, Songwriter, Laron Smith is now available for download via audiomack.com. Laron Smith is definitely a force to be reckoned with, delivering a lyrical flow that is refreshing to the ears of true hip-hop lovers. Laron Smith is the artist to watch in 2017!

Audio: Blossom & HOT16 - "U GOT ME" (@thatsblawesome @h0t16 @theliquidbeat @itsTOPE)


Audio: Blossom & HOT16 - "U GOT ME"

A.R.: Another dope song from Portland songstress Blossom and producer HOT16 from their upcoming album TEASE dropping July 21st.


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