Music producer, Timbaland says he still recognizes R. Kelly as the “King of R&B” despite his conviction of multiple sex crimes, reports Insider.
The Grammy award-winning producer sat down with Shannon Sharpe on the
“Club Shay Shay”
podcast where he praised the artist for making
we all move to.
“R. Kelly’s the king of R&B. We all know that man,”
Timbaland declared when discussing separating Kelly’s craft from his crimes.
“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,”
“Don’t mix music up with personal. Music is a feeling, it stands alone. 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; a feeling, so don’t bring drama into music. Leave that outside.”
A judge sentenced R. Kelly to 20 years in prison on
“three counts of producing child pornography and three counts of enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity”
in the singer’s Chicago federal sex crimes case. He is currently serving time for his New York case of 30 years after being found guilty on
“nine counts of racketeering and sex-trafficking charges.”
Timbaland never worked alongside Kelly, however, did produce songs, like
“One in a Million” and “Try Again,”
for the late Aaliyah, who married Kelly in 1994 when she was 15 and he was 27.
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