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Who is the ‘King of R&B?’ Timbaland shockingly says it’s still R. Kelly

Timbaland says you can’t ignore his music
Who is the 'King of R&B?' Timbaland shockingly says it's still R. Kelly
Timbaland arrives for dinner at Craig’s in West Hollywood, CA. (Photo credit: Vladimir Labissiere/Splash News)

R. Kelly came out with a number of hit songs during his music career, but you can’t overlook his flaws and his past, specifically since he’s in prison now for child pornography, sex trafficking and racketeering.

There are some people that can put his behavior aside, while others have cut him out of their playlists and minds. Timbaland says he’s on the side where you can separate music and personal feelings.

In an interview on the “Club Shay Shay” podcast, Shannon Sharpe brought up the topic of how he thinks you can separate art from an artist, before mentioning Kelly.

“R. Kelly’s the King of R&B, we all know that,” Timbaland said. “I’m glad you talk about that, because I be having talks. 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.”

Timbaland continues, saying you should let music be music, and keep all the other problems away.

“Music is a feeling, it stands alone,” Timbaland said. “Music is something that don’t have no race. It brings people together. It don’t have no drama with it. It is a place of enjoyment, so don’t bring drama into music. Leave that outside, his art is his art.”

Timbaland received a ton of backlash for his comments, mostly mentioning his relationship with Aaliyah, who Kelly married when she was 15 and he was 27.

One Response

  1. I personally agree with him, R. Kelly did a lot for the music industry especially RnB… it’s hard to avoid his music.

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