R. Kelly Credit On Drake’s Song “TSU” Explained
September 6, 2021, 5:38 PM
Fans were furious after learning that Drake credited disgraced singer R.Kelly on his new album “Certified Lover Boy”. Here is what happened…
Drake faced a backlash after crediting disgraced singer R.Kelly on a track from his new album “Certified Lover Boy”.
Fans took to social media to express how disgusted they were that the singer – who is currently on trial on federal racketeering and sex trafficking charges – was credited on the album.
The 54-year-old singer also faces multiple sex charges in his hometown of Chicago. R. Kelly is charged with 21 counts of producing child pornography, involving intercourse, oral sex, urination and other sexual acts.
Here’s everything we know about his credit on Drake’s song “TSU”
Why did Drake suffer a backlash for his song “TSU”?
Drake received backlash online after Who sampled initially speculate (Rolling stone confirmed later) that R. Kelly received the credit on “TSU”.
According to the report, it explains that it contains an excerpt from the beleaguered R&B singer’s 1998 hit, “Half On A Baby.”
Fans immediately took to Twitter to express their disappointment. One fan wrote: “People are defending this R. Kelly credit, talking about ‘this is a sample’ … okay ??????
So Drake chose to sample his work, knowing that he would have to erase it with R. Kelly, and that Kelly would get a check / royalties. He could have gotten rid of the sample / track, he clearly doesn’t care. “
People defend this R. Kelly credit, talking about “this is a sample” … okay ?????? So Drake chose to sample his work, knowing that he would have to erase it with R. Kelly, and that Kelly would get a check / royalties. He could have deleted the sample / track, he clearly doesn’t care. pic.twitter.com/CzOEkNjhjJ
– JO (@byDonnaJo) September 3, 2021
Journalist Ernest Owens also spoke out against R. Kelly being credited on the album, writing: “R. Kelly, as she is currently on trial for sexual abuse of countless black women and girls, will making money on the most anticipated album of the year thanks to Drake giving it writing credit on #CertifiedLoverBoy. And that’s why #CLB and #DONDA are garbage. “
Owens added: “So for the offender trying to be silly on purpose and go” but R. Kelly doesn’t own the music “- that’s not true. He currently doesn’t have a salesperson and what I mean is that by sampling this song, Drake is letting R. Kelly stay relevant when he doesn’t need it.
Why is R. Kelly credited on Drake’s song “TSU”
Longtime Drake producer Noah “40” Shebib took to Instagram to explain why R.Kelly is credited on Drake’s album.
On Saturday (September 4), Shebib jumped into the comments section of an Instagram post from The independent and explained that they had no choice but to credit R.Kelly.
He wrote: “On a song called tsu at the beginning, there is a sample of OG Ron c speaking”
Behind that faintly that you can’t even hear is a Kelly song playing in the background. “
Shebib continued, “It has no meaning, no words are present, R. Kelly’s voice is not even present, but if we wanted to use Ron c to speak, we had to allow it. “
He added: “It doesn’t suit me, just let me say this. And I’m not here to defend Drake’s words, but thought I would clarify that there is no present R Kelly and it’s a little misleading to call him a co-lyricist.
The longtime Drake producer concluded his comments by writing “to think that we would be next to this guy or write with him is just unbelievably disgusting.”