R&B singer R. Kelly can’t catch a break. New reports claim the crooner has federal heat on his head over alleged sex trafficking.

According to reports, the feds are looking to speak to Kelly’s friends and associates.

Sources close to the case tell TMZ … federal prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois this week contacted parties closely associated with Kelly. As you know … there are 2 separate U.S. Attorney probes into Kelly — one by the Eastern District of NY and another by the Southern District. This appears to be a third and entirely separate case that Illinois is building against Kelly.  (TMZ)

Last month, Kells hopped on Instagram with a birthday shout-out to his daughter.

Recently, Kells’ legal team couldn’t convince a judge to lower his child support payments.

Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, said Kelly has no assets to sell, not even his home at Trump Tower, because he rents the condo, and paid rent in advance several years ago. Johnson said he and Kelly’s attorneys are representing him for free. Wednesday’s hearing on the child support payments was sealed to the public, but Kelly’s attorneys confirmed afterward that there would be no change in those payments, and the next hearing has been scheduled for May 8. (Chicago CBS Local)

Despite the outcome, Kelly is reportedly sticking to his music grind and putting new tunes together.

Johnson said Kelly is still recording music, even though he was dropped by his record label in January. “He’s recording every day. He has a studio in his home, so he’s always recording,” Johnson said. “All he does is sing; sing and record all day, and when he’s not doing that, he’s shooting basketball.” (Chicago CBS Local)