Sports television personality Stephen A. Smith recently delved into the contentious issue surrounding R. Kelly’s music on his self-titled podcast. In the wake of the artist’s guilty verdicts on sex-related crimes, questions arise about the appropriateness of playing R. Kelly’s music. Smith addressed this topic, responding to a fan’s inquiry about the best sex songs.
Stephen A. Smith shared his perspective on the matter, acknowledging the ongoing controversy surrounding R. Kelly. Despite the artist’s convictions on sex trafficking and child pornography charges in New York and Illinois, Smith expressed his thoughts on playing R. Kelly’s music.
“I don’t want to bring up R. Kelly. But I think it’s okay now because he’s in jail. Now if he was not in jail, it would not be okay because he’s getting away with stuff. But now that they finally got his a** and he’s in jail, it’s okay to bring up R. Kelly’s music now.”
Smith proceeded to share his views on specific R. Kelly tracks, highlighting songs like ‘Dedicated,’ ‘Your Body’s Callin’,’ ’12Play,’ and ‘Honey Love.’ Despite the controversies surrounding the artist, Smith acknowledged the undeniable musical contributions R. Kelly made over the years. He emphasized that it is essential to recognize and discuss both the artist’s legal troubles and his musical legacy.