With a large percentage of popular culture and the music establishment openly wishing for the ruination of R. Kelly’s career and his immediate imprisonment, the last thing the “Step in the Name of Love” singer needed was for someone close to him to come for his neck.
But that is exactly what happened. Casey Kelly, the estranged brother of Robert Sylvester Kelly (and many people didn’t even know he had a sibling), charges after the “Bump N’ Grind” crooner, now 51, with the track “I Confess” that sizzles with harsh accusations of R. Kelly allegedly transmitting STDs, of dating men on the low, and having blackballed his own sibling from the industry.
Originally released on Aug. 3, “I Confess” smoldered like a slow-building flame and caught on this past Wednesday, Aug. 8.
“I Confess” is a serious clapback to Kelly’s 19-minute song, “I Admit It,” in which R. Kelly mentioned his brothers in a negative light.
In broaching the topic of his brothers, R. Kelly’s song went like this:
“I admit I miss my brothers (brothers)/ But I admit they weren’t acting like brothers (brothers),” he sings. “Yeah, we’ve had our differences/But you don’t turn on your brother (no)/For nothing, for no one, nada (no, no)/Mama, Joanne, is watching (no, no, no)/She must be turning over in her grave (yeah).”
Killa Kelly is vehemently refuting his brother with his own account of how things got to this point via his song “I Confess”:
“You see me, you get scared/you call the police,” he said on the nearly 2-minute, 42- second song. “You gave them females some crazy disease/ want you to know Momma not pleased/Tell me how them n***as that tight and you ain’t gotta wife/something smell fishy, what’s going on/what kinda man want to spend the night in a man home?”
The alleged claims of transmitted STDs stem from an April investigation in Texas where a 19-year-old woman claimed she was “intentionally” and “knowingly” given herpes during her relationship with R. Kelly.
Killa Kelly says his estrangement from R. Kelly emanates from that infamous child pornography case where the singer’s lawyer suggested that Killa was the man in the infamous sex tape that shows a man urinating on a girl’s face. Killa Kelly says his brother’s team tried to bribe him with a record deal and a new home to take the fall in the case.
“I was blamed for the video, and nobody’s saying anything about that because I’m a nobody,” Carey told MTV News in 2006. “No one says, ‘Man, why did he say it’s his brother?’ His attorneys blamed me for the video. That’s the only reason I’m speaking out. They questioned me, and they followed me. I moved three or four times, but that was dumb, me not thinking they, the police, can find me. It was like I had done something wrong—a crime—urinated on a girl, and they treated me like I had actually done it. It was humiliating, it was frustrating, and it was aggravating.”
Take a listen to Killa Kelly’s track “I Confess” below.