R. Kelly opened up about his troubled past in a controversial interview with GQ. During his photo shoot for the magazine, the R&B icon was asked to sit in front of the camera and sing a few lines about his life.
But instead, the “Trapped in the Closet” creator delivered a rousing 45-minute recap of his life through storytelling and singing. He recounts being shot while riding his bike as a kid, performing in front of McDonald’s (he claims he made $400-500 a day), and his move to Venice Beach. In one memorable scene, Kellz is on the verge of tears describing his mother’s final moments.
“I said I promise you mama, no matter what, by any means necessary, I will be one of the best singers, songwriters this world has ever seen,” said an emotional Kellz. “I made my mom that promise, and I am still on a journey today to fulfill that promise.”
Watch the R&B storyteller share his joy and pain through song.