NME Festival blog: R. Kelly’s song ‘Ignition’ was originally about underaged girls, says former lawyer


The singer’s former lawyer says he forced Kelly to switch up the lyrics

R. Kelly‘s song ‘Ignition’ was originally about underage girls, according to his former lawyer.

Featured on the singer’s 2003 album ‘Chocolate Factory’, the song’s remix went on to be a worldwide smash hit.

Ed Genson, Kelly’s lawyer at the time of the song’s release, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the original version of ‘Ignition’ actually featured innuendos about underaged girls.

Speaking candidly about his time working with Kelly and how he kept the singer “out of trouble,” Genson claimed he was also responsible for vetting the singer’s music.

Before giving fans the ‘Ignition’ remix in 2002, which went on to become one of Kelly’s biggest hits, the original was more a slow jam than an upbeat club track, complete with car metaphors for sex.

Genson claimed the original version he heard confirmed Kelly’s interest in underaged girls.

“I was riding in the car, listening to a song and said, ‘Are you crazy? This is all I need.’” he reportedly said to Kelly at the time.

“He re-wrote it. It’s a song related to a guy driving around in a car with his girlfriend. It was originally a high school instructor in a class teaching people how to drive a car. I changed the words.”

Genson said he listened to songs in an effort to keep Kelly’s profile clean. “I did facilitate him in the sense I kept him out of trouble for 10 years,” he said. “I listened to them, [to see] which ones would make a judge mad.”

Meanwhile, R. Kelly was released from jail today after paying his unpaid child support.

According to reports, the singer has now paid the $161,633 he owed, and was released today from Cook County Jail.

As he walked out, Kelly said, “I promise we’re gonna straighten all this out. That’s all I can say right now. I love my fans.”



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