April 25th, 2012
06:35 PM ET
We know R&B can have a sexy side, but the X-rated lyrics on a preview from a new Brian McKnight song have given some fans pause.
The "Back at One" crooner posted a YouTube video previewing the track on Monday, and since then has set off a hailstorm of reactions, particularly on Twitter.
The lyrics include lines using a colloquial term for a woman's body part. We are going to go with "kitty cat." You probably know what we mean and while we were going to spell it out here, it just felt so wrong to us (though apparently not to McKnight).
It turns out the song was born out of boredom, as McKnight said in a call with TMZ that he's been stuck in his house as he awaits Achilles tendon surgery. He had an idea for a mixtape made just for adult ears, bounced the idea around with his 40,000 followers on Twitter, and hopped into the studio in his home.
"The song ... was really for my 40,000 followers, because they're the ones who have been there with me everyday," McKnight said. "Those people are the ones who have seen me on the road to know that I have a sense of humor. I try to be as funny as I possibly can. When I put it up, it was really just for those people. Lo and behold, all hell has broken loose. ... If I'd known this would've happened, I probably wouldn't have done it, but here we are."
"If You're Ready to Learn" is "a parody," McKnight added. "I'm having fun, because basically, I have nothing else to do. I'm at home, I have a studio, I'm a professional songwriter, I can write and sing anything, and here's a little fun to share with you, and look what happened."
McKnight has been fighting off a brewing backlash since he unveiled the preview, but there are others who've enjoyed what they've heard thus far.
"For everyone who wants this new 'adult' tune 'if you're ready to learn,'" McKnight tweeted Tuesday night, "I just finished it and it will be available next week."
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