Last week, Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which featured gut-wrenching testimonies from survivors of his alleged sexual, psychological and bodily abuse, supporting horrifying long-standing allegations and making surprising new revelations concerning the R&B singer.
Backlash in opposition to Kelly has pressured authorities to take motion on account of the brutal six-part sequence. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Atlanta has reportedly launched a legal investigation into R. Kelly relating to claims of abuse and manipulation contained in the confines of his former ATL mansion. Cook County State's Attorney also spoke out, asking Kelly's alleged Chicago victims to return ahead following the claims described as "deeply, deeply disturbing."
Since the present's airing, many artists have determined to take it upon themselves to make use of their platform to sentence the Chicago native and stand with the various alleged victims who nonetheless stuffer to this present day -- together with a number of of whom as soon as collaborated with the artist throughout his interval of R&B and pop stardom.
With almost three a long time value of hits packed into his illustrious music catalog, R. Kelly has had the chance to collaborate with fairly the vary of proficient artists all through his profession. From Celine Dion to Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, listed here are 10 of the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B's most high-profile collaborations -- and what these artists who've labored with him have mentioned about Kelly's reported darkish previous.
Nick Cannon, "Gigolo" (2003)
Nick Cannon teamed up with R. Kelly again in 2003 for Cannon's greatest Billboard Hot 100 hit document in "Gigolo." The memorable visual options the pair of artists stunting in luxurious whereas laced in extra-baggy sports activities jerseys. Cannon apologized for turning a blind eye to Kelly's historical past of alleged abuse in a heartfelt prolonged Instagram put up on Thursday. He requires the leisure business to alter its infrastructure to assist cease ladies being preyed upon.
"The actual leaders and Bosses should step up and be MEN," Cannon proclaimed. "And I will likely be one of many first to say on behalf of all males, I'm Sorry. Please contemplate an advocate, ally and scholar that wants steering in an business that was designed to benefit from ladies. Let’s change it ALL instantly. And name all of it to the desk for our ignorance, improper doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens."
Words are one factor, however to take motion is one other. Lady Gaga commented on the "horrifying" allegations made within the documentary on Twitter this previous Thursday, calling Kelly's actions indefensible. She even took issues a step additional following the apology, declaring that her "Do What U Want" 2013 collab with R. Kelly can be taken off streaming providers and digital music retailers to cease his profiting within the near-future -- formally pulling the monitor later that evening. The single had reached a peak of No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 2013.
"I stand behind these ladies 1000%, imagine them, know they're struggling and in ache, and really feel strongly that their voices ought to be heard and brought severely. As a sufferer of sexual assault myself, I made each the track and video at a darkish time in my life," the pop star wrote. "I intend to take away this track off iTunes and different streaming platforms and won't be working with him once more. I'm sorry, each for my poor judgment once I was younger, and for not talking out sooner."
Chance the Rapper has lengthy aimed to make use of his affect for the larger good. Lil Chano was truly included within the last episode of Surviving R. Kelly, which performed a small clip from his interview with Cassius the place Chance expressed remorse for working with R. Kelly in 2015 on "Summer in Paradise," calling the monitor a "mistake." The 25-year-old additionally introduced out Kells throughout his Coachella set, the yr earlier than their lone collab was launched.
"At the time, it wasn’t even current in my thoughts that individuals may really feel any sort of manner about his presence on a monitor of mine," he defined. "Here’s the factor: I believe for a very long time I used to be solely in a position to perceive R. Kelly’s state of affairs and presence on this planet when it comes all the way down to his trial and his accusations and his accusers as a sufferer. I don’t know if that’s as a result of I’m from Chicago or ‘trigger he made nice music or ‘trigger he's a black man."
Following the episode's launch, the Coloring Book rapper cleared up the context of his intentions on Twitter. "The quote was taken out of context, however the reality is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly tales, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black males usually are) have been doing so on the detriment of black ladies and ladies," he wrote. "I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this lengthy to talk out."
"Same Girl" includes a collaboration between Usher and R. Kelly, on which the pair of R&B titans inform a narrative about their experiences of messing round with a sure lady on the identical time. If you've seen the docuseries, that is in all probability a tricky monitor to abdomen greater than a decade after its 2007 launch. Usher hasn't publicly commented on Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of minors.
Phoenix - "Trying to Be Cool (Remix)" (2013)
French various hitmakers Phoenix enlisted R. Kelly on the official remix to their "Trying to be Cool" single again in 2013 and in addition performed a medley of collaborations with Kelly at Coachella in 2013. The four-man band launched an apology for regretfully working with Kells on the monitor Thursday afternoon. "We are deeply horrified by the tales of abuse surrounding R. Kelly. We remorse that we weren't each extra knowledgeable and extra discerning after we labored with him beforehand. We absolutely assist all victims of sexual abuse, and it's our hope that there will likely be a path to justice," reads the in depth mea culpa on Phoenix's Twitter account.
We are deeply horrified by the tales of abuse surrounding R. Kelly. We remorse that we weren't each extra knowledgeable and extra discerning after we labored with him beforehand. We absolutely assist all victims of sexual abuse, and it's our hope that there will likely be a path to justice.
B2K's Omarion felt compelled to talk out in opposition to R. Kelly, since he penned a sequence of data for the R&B group and jumped on the Pied Piper remix of "Girlfriend" in 2003. "It’s essential first to ACKNOWLEDGE that this has been an unsightly reality in our business for years and versus dismissing it’s existence | its time to debate it," he tweeted on Monday. "EVERYONE must be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and but have remained silent."
He added: "Those accountable have to be held accountable. #rkelly was each a sufferer & a predator & accordingly have to be held accountable but additionally get skilled assist. His inventive genius impressed us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The darkish at all times involves mild."
It’s essential first to ACKNOWLEDGE that this has been an unsightly reality in our business for years and versus dismissing it’s existence | its time to debate it. EVERYONE must be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and but have remained silent.
Those accountable have to be held accountable. #rkelly was each a sufferer & a predator & accordingly have to be held accountable but additionally get skilled assist. His inventive genius impressed us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The darkish at all times involves mild.
JAY-Z has remained unusually quiet in relation to the stark backlash in opposition to his frequent collaborator R. Kelly. Surviving government producer dream hampton says Hov declined to be part of the docuseries, and he hasn't mentioned something publicly since its airing. Jay recorded a pair of albums with Kelly which might be each accessible to stream on TIDAL.
Best of Both Worlds was launched in March 2002, and shortly after, the notorious R. Kelly intercourse tape leaked, which led to Kelly being arrested on 21 counts of kid pornography, however he was in the end acquitted when the case lastly went to trial in 2008. While selling the venture, the Brooklyn rapper caught up with Sway Calloway for an interview. "I acquired love for the dude. If he's responsible, I simply hope and pray that he will get assist. If he's not, I want everyone embraces him. Our contact is sparse," Hov detailed. Regarding the alleged incident from the video, Jay mentioned he wasn't there for any of that. He later known as the state of affairs a "blown alternative."
Kelly and the Roc Nation CEO would hyperlink up as soon as once more for the Unfinished Business joint album in 2004. The pair would embark on a subsequent tour collectively, however the last 15 exhibits have been in the end canceled after Kelly accused followers of waving weapons within the MSG crowd. The official press release for the cancellation from Jay's reps blamed R. Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable conduct."
Mariah Carey, "Betcha Gon' Know" (2014)
Mariah Carey has labored alongside R. Kelly a number of instances prior to now. Kells hopped on a remix of Carey's 2008 bop "Touch My Body." They linked up as soon as once more years later for Mariah's "Betcha Gon' Know." Another remix to the aforementioned tune is reportedly within the works, as a snippet was posted to Twitter by R. Kelly in May, accompanied by a photograph of the duo within the studio.
Following the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries airing, a tweet from the Grammy-winning pop star resurfaced that includes a Christmas particular efficiency in 2016, which noticed Kells make a cameo to carry out Nat King Cole's traditional "The Christmas Song" as a duet alongside Carey. The 48-year-old hasn't publicly commented on the allegations made in opposition to Kelly.
The Biebs found his mature voice as an artist in his late teenagers, as he started shedding his status as a baby star. Justin Bieber discovered himself tangled with R. Kelly after realizing the pair have been staying in the identical lodge in 2012. With a rapport established, the Canada native despatched what would turn out to be "PYD" to Kelly and the "relaxation is simply historical past," because the R&B star put it. He informed Rap-Up that they deliberate to do extra music collectively, but it surely doesn't seem to be that really got here to fruition. Kelly was very complimentary of Bieber's means on the time.
Bieber has but to publicly touch upon the claims made in opposition to R. Kelly within the docuseries.
Celine Dion, "I'm Your Angel" (1998)
"I'm Your Angel," alongside '90s pop famous person Celine Dion, would notch R. Kelly his second No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The unlikely duet companions meshed seamlessly for a tuneful ballad, which ended up showing on Kells' R album. The Canadian singer was approached to talk on her experiences working with the alleged sexual predator, however Dion's group reportedly declined dream hampton's request to look on Surviving R. Kelly, and she or he hasn't publicly commented on the sequence since.