*Everyone was and probably still is nervous about R. Kelly’s emergency throat surgery last month. He was rushed to the hospital on July 19 to have an abscess on of his tonsils drained. He was discharged shortly after.

He recently emerged in a grave voice, thanking his fans and prayer warriors.

“I want to say thanks to all the prayer warriors out there for supporting me, praying for me,” he said, between coughs. “The doctor said the surgery went well. I know it may not look like it, but it did. I want y’all to continue to pray for me. Be strong out there, I will be back. I know it’s a lot of negativity out there, please don’t believe the hype. God is good all the time.”

Despite the pain and the long recovery, the singer promised that he would be back to work soon to begin recording a new album.