R. Kelly’s ‘Shut Up’ Is About Throat Surgery, Dedicated To Haters

By Nadeska Alexis

If you weren’t one of the people who doubted that R. Kelly would return to the R&B game after undergoing throat surgery earlier this year, then his new song “Shut Up,” isn’t directed at you. Following yesterday’s news that his memoir Soula Coaster would arrive next Spring, Kellz took to Twitter on Thursday (November 10) to announce his official return to the game. “It’s been a long time coming but I finally feel a lot better about my throat since the surgery and this is the first song I wrote,” he said, adding a link to his latest track “Shut Up.” We’ll let the song’s intro line prepare you for what’s to come: “This song goes out to all the people out there that be running their mouths and they don’t know what the hell they saying—Shut Up.”

Now that Kellz has his voice back, he has a few things to say. First, he’d like to say thanks to the fans who held him down during his rough patch and give a shout out to the doctors who stayed focused during his surgery. Secondly—but just as important—he’d like to say “Shut Up” to those who started the “tsunami of rumors” that his career was over, to those who said that he was “washed up, he’s lost it, he ain’t got it no more,” and definitely to those people who doubted for a second that “many babies been made off me.” O-M-G.

Hopefully Kellz is considering a remix to “Shut Up” featuring Adele. She can certainly commiserate with his medical woes.

R. Kelly’s eleventh studio Black Panties is due in 2012.