By Msaki Gerald Emmanuel
You can’t talk about the most troubled celebrities of 2019 and forget R. Kelly who is accused of sex related cases. I remember when R-Kelly was acquitted and his case dismissed over a decade ago for child pornography, his brother, Kerry Kelly, called him on the phone and told him…”Hey man…GOD has given u another chance”.
The singer’s response according to his brother during an interview was; “No….GOD didn’t give me another chance. I gave me another chance. My money gave me another chance”.
Since over a decade after his acquittal, R-kelly never learnt. He never changed. He took the fact that the judgement was in his favour for granted. He continued his profligate and salacious act of sleeping with under-aged girls. He forgot it was only a matter of time before his actions would catch up with him big time.
So here we are. From 3 time Grammy Award winner to wearing prison overalls. As much as I feel justice should take its course, my heart still bleeds for this legend. My heart bleeds to see what this guy has been reduced to. He has been reduced to a defeated and despondent figure. Helpless and hopeless!
R Kelly was inarguably the BEST R&B recording artiste of all times! I have never known brilliant lyrics and melodic sounds such as R-Kellys’. I still remember his greatest hit of all times that shook the world. “I BELIEVE I CAN FLY”, another smashing hit titled “IF I COULD TURN”, DANCE IN THE NAME OF LOVE.
I remember all. Up till this moment, they still resonate in my head. Till now, they still serenade my senses. R-Kelly’s songs were that…all that…and all of that. He was a solid master of his craft. A Virtuoso of the Mic. He does no wrong when he hits the stage. He was lord of that stage. You couldn’t contend. Now he’s paying for his choice of life.
If life doesn’t teach you anything, let it teach you to acknowledge the Grace and Mercy of GOD. Let it teach you to learn from your mistakes when you’re being given a second chance. Let it teach you to introspect and observe your conscience. Above all let it teach u never to take certain things for granted.