After delays and backlash surrounding Lifetime’s six-part docuseries, ‘Surviving R. Kelly’, which explored multiple sexual allegations against the rapper, the episodes have finally started to air. Featuring interviews from victims around the attacks that took place during R. Kelly’s career, it was Chance the Rapper among other R&B celebrities that made an appearance on the small-screen.
With part of the interview posted to the 25-year-old’s Twitter page, he has admitted that it was a “mistake” to record a song with the accused artist.
“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” he told writer, Jamilah Lemieux. “I think for a long time I was only able to understand R. Kelly’s situation and presence in the world when it comes down to his trial and his accusations and his accusers as a victim. I don’t know if that’s because I’m from Chicago or ‘cause he made great music or ‘cause he is a black man.”
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019
Both hailing from the city of Chicago, the pair have worked together on a number of occasions. Chance brought out Kelly as a surprise guest during his set at Lollapalooza 2014, while they both collaborated on “Backyard Party” and “Somewhere in Paradise”.
Chance continued his apology: “We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he added. “But black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women… ”
Kelly has faced court several times over the last 20 years, with the assistance of the #MeToo movement giving women courage to revisit his multiple offences.