Ludacris is under fire for including some controversial lyrics about abusers R. Kelly and Bill Cosby in an unreleased song he previewed during his battle with Nelly.
Maybe Ludacris should have left this one in the drafts. During the rapper’s rollercoaster ride of a Verzuz battle with fellow 2000s hip hop heavyweight, Nelly, on Saturday (May 17th), most viewers couldn’t help but joke about the technical difficulties that Luda’s opponent was facing, as his Internet connection posed a quality problem on his end throughout the majority of the evening.
Between Nelly’s blurry, pixelated dancing and his questionable song choices, there was plenty to focus on, but one unexpected detail of the night that rubbed people the wrong way occurred early on while Ludacris was waiting for Nelly to reconnect on live. Luda decided to keep viewers entertained by previewing an unreleased song featuring Lil Wayne and produced by Verzuz co-founder, Timbaland, playing a lengthy snippet of the track three times in a row. The song, titled, “Silence of the Lambs,” opens with a mention of Cosby: “the world screwed if n*ggas pouring drinks like Bill Huxtable.” In the next line, Ludacris declares, “I love R. Kelly but around my daughters, I’m not comfortable.”
Ludacris previewed that 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 with Timbaland and Lil Wayne during his #Verzuz battle with Nelly pic.twitter.com/FB7GRSWerq
— Ton (@TonDreams) May 17, 2020
The lyrics, especially the questionable sentiment about Kelly, caused an uproar on social media.
Ludacris really thought it was appropriate to tell us he loves R.Kelly in 2020 and told us three times. I’m still in shock.
— Brittany♚ (@britshaniece) May 17, 2020
I still can’t believe Ludacris played a new song with that R Kelly line THREE TIMES. Never let that man on live again.
— F (@ohfads) May 17, 2020
I’m still mad Ludacris previewed that Wayne song and dropped Cosby and R Kelly lines to start off the song. And ran it back like 5 times 😂🤦🏼♂️
— Jay Holz (@JayHolz410) May 17, 2020
Nelly won tonight off the strength of Ludacris shouting out out R. Kelly not once, not twice, but three times in a 10 minute window. I don’t make the rules.
— Another Man 🇨🇦 (@Kameron_Hay) May 16, 2020
Nelly automatically won the #verzuz battle as soon as Ludacris said this💩:
"I love R. Kelly but around my daughters I'm not comfortable."
— AHUS (@AmericaHatesUs) May 17, 2020
I don't know what Ludacris was tryna do with that R Kelly line but it ain't it
— The Dark Knight. (@fortune_Que97) May 17, 2020
Ludacris said “I love R. Kelly but around my daughters I’m not comfortable.”
Ehm I think you might want to REWRITE THAT LINE yunno.
— NOTORIOUS NEEZY. (@alsoknownasnee1) May 17, 2020
ludacris giving us bill cosby, r. kelly and roseanne bars in 2020 along with a chance the rapper feature. who asked for this? more importantly, pic.twitter.com/OPXA4dvxrC
— brandi glanville stan account (@darfbyke) May 16, 2020
Ludacris rapping about r Kelly and Bill Cosby in 2020 is… pic.twitter.com/ukoIkSUwYT
— Liz|💜 (@CPflashFan) May 16, 2020