Drake finally released his album Certified Lover Boy and R. Kelly is credited on the TSU track, leading to criticism that it may help the R&B singer make money. He is currently facing allegations of sexual abuse, with multiple charges in the US which he denies.
Amid the dramas and controversies spawned by the long-awaited release of Drake’s “Certified Lover Boy” album, the biggest may have been the surprising presence of a songwriting credit on the song “TSU” for fallen R&B superstar R. Kelly, who is currently on trial for sex trafficking and racketeering charges amid allegations of sexual abuse against multiple women.
As the internet filled with outraged and incredulous comments, reps for Drake, his label and music publisher, and Kelly declined or did not respond to Variety’s requests for comment on Friday.
However, Drake’s longtime co-producer Noah “40” Shebib posted a comment on Instagram explaining the credit and distancing himself from it, noting that Kelly was not involved in “TSU,” but rather that a Kelly song was playing in the background of a sample of OG Ron C they had to credit the Kelly song. Media outlets and commentators had challenges even identifying the Kelly sample, which some said was a lyric credit and WhoSampled said is a faint orchestral passage from Kelly’s 1998 hit “Half on a Baby.”.