Timbaland hails disgraced singer R. Kelly as ‘king’ of R&B

Timbaland revealed this R Kelly still the best singer the R&B genre has ever produced.

The producer shared his thoughts during a recent podcast appearance, noting that he doesn’t mind the music behind the “I Believe I Can Fly” hit. He claimed that Kelly’s art had nothing to do with his problems and, as such, he should not suffer because of it.

Kelly is currently serving decades in federal prison on sex-related charges that came to light following the release of Lifetime’s documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

Read on to learn more.

Timbaland says he won’t bash R. Kelly’s music

Timbaland praises disgraced singer R. Kelly as king of R&B despite criminal conviction

Timbaland believes Kelly’s music has nothing to do with his troubles and believes the singer is still the best in his genre. “R. Kelly is the king of R&B. We all know that man,” noted the music producer.

While with Shannon Sharpe on “Club Shay Shay” he noted in a podcast about the singer who was recently sentenced to several decades in prison due to sexual charges.

“Everybody jumps when you say R. Kelly,” Timbaland said on the podcast, per Insider. “Do I think we’re ignoring the music he gave us that we all jam to?”

Doubling down on his comment, the award-winning producer urged listeners to understand that good music transcends the personal concerns of its creator.

“No, we can’t do that. His art is his art; I’m not going to ruin the man’s art,” she added of Kelly. “Don’t mix the music with the personal…don’t bring drama to the music. Leave that out.”

What happened to R. Kelly’s music

R. Kelly is seen attending a child support hearing at the Daley Center in Chicago on March 13, 2019

While Timbaland feels Kelly’s music shouldn’t be slammed, many others don’t share that view.

A-listers like Jada Pinkett Smith and Neyo don’t like Kelly’s actions. They demanded that Instagram ban his music from streaming sites following the 2019 #MuteKelly campaign following the release of the Lifetime documentary “Surviving R. Kelly.”

The singer was later banned from using or creating YouTube channels in 2021, and the Google-owned platform also shut down her previous channels, RKellyVevo and RKellyTV. Both channels have officially uploaded their songs and videos.

However, his songs remain on Spotify and Apple Music, so his die-hard fans can still access them.

However, he is no longer able to upload new music to these platforms, as evidenced by the removal of the singer’s 13-track album ‘I Confession’ released last December.

R. Kelly is currently incarcerated for his crimes

R Kelly

The singer is currently incarcerated in a federal prison, where he was sentenced to 30 years in prison by a New York court in June 2022 on sex charges.

He sexually abused several underage girls, some as young as 13. He was also known for his infamous act of marrying the late rapper Aaliyah when he was just 15 after allegedly falsifying papers that said he was 18. Kelly was 27 years old at the time. was among the highest rated R&B singers.

Earlier this year, a Chicago court sentenced him to an additional 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing minors and producing child pornography.

Following the verdict, his sentences are expected to run concurrently, meaning the 56-year-old singer will serve 31 years in prison.

“Surviving R. Kelly.”

R Kelly

Rumors about Kelly’s perverted behavior with underage girls had been swirling for years before the trials. However, the singer has denied these allegations, saying they were meant to rip him off his wealth.

In 2019, the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly finally tipped the scales in favor of his victims.

In the documentary, his victims spoke in depth about his manipulative actions, which began with him using his fame and their love for him as his fans, before moving into harem-like situations with other women.

Apart from pleasuring her, they were forced to perform sexual and other activities for her other vile, degrading acts that sometimes came with her post.

The overwhelming evidence of the documentary and the public outcry led to the eventual indictment of Kelly and finally justice for his victims.

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