In August, controversial R&B singer R. Kelly told EW he had written 462 songs for his then-upcoming 13th studio album, The Buffet, and that they were all hits. “I absolutely think that the audience is expecting the sexual R. Kelly,” he said. “The steppin’ R. Kelly, maybe a bit of the ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ R. Kelly. They’ve been spoiled for 20-something years. I don’t want fans mad at me, so I gotta give them what they expect and what they want.”
Except, they didn’t. They didn’t want the steppin’ R. Kelly or the “I Believe I Can Fly” R. Kelly — and seriously, can there be anyone left who isn’t a little nervous about the sexual R. Kelly? The collection tanked, and the singer was looking for a place to lay blame.
Last week, he posted a video that effectively tried shaming “black music lovers” into buying the album. “We gotta start supporting each other,” he said in the clip that has since been deleted. Monday, he appeared on HuffPo Live to discuss the dismal album sales. Host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani asks a couple of questions about his views on sex and how they are represented in his music, and the artist is clearly frustrated. When she asks whether the album sales are correlated to his long history of alleged sexual misconduct, the singer ends the interview.
“I’m in New York to have a great time,” he says. “And I didn’t come here to let you spoil that.”
Watch the clip above.