r-kelly Well here’s a bit of a shocker: R. Kelly can’t read! How is it possible that this generation’s leading lyrical genius, modern music’s greatest teller of salacious stories, is unable to read, you ask? I’m trying to figure that one out myself.

Here’s what Kelly said:

“When I was trying to make it out here, I already knew, and I was stubborn about it,” he said. “I don’t even read really and I’m not afraid to say that. My cousins and brothers used to tease me ‘you can’t even read right. How you think you’re going to come up?'”

“The only reason I graduated from grammar school is because I had a great jump shot. I went to high school and [my teacher] told me ‘you will be one of the greatest writers of all time.’ I believed. You [have to] believe it. You can’t believe [anything] if you’re hating. You can’t achieve [anything] if you’re hating.”

R. Kelly believed he could be a writer who couldn’t read and he made it happen. You hear that losers?! No excuses! R. Kelly is Jesus or something. In honor of him, have a heaping helping of “Real Talk.”