Chance the Rapper Says Collaborating With R. Kelly ‘Was a Mistake’


Chance the Rapper has regrets over working with R. Kelly.

During the ultimate episode of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” the Chicago rapper admits that it was a “mistake” when he recorded a music with Kelly.

Both Chicago natives, Chance and Kelly crossed paths a number of instances together with throughout Chance’s 2014 Lollapalooza set, the place he introduced out Kelly as a shock visitor. In 2015, Chance made a cameo in Kelly’s “Backyard Party” video and collaborated with Kelly on “Somewhere in Paradise.”

But throughout an interview with Cassius’ Jamilah Lemieux, which was recorded in May, Chance shared regret over the collaboration. Part of the dialog was broadcast throughout the closing episode of “Surviving R. Kelly” on Saturday (Jan. 5) and the complete clip was later launched Rolling Stone.

“Making a music with R. Kelly was a mistake,” stated Chance. “At the time, it wasn’t even current in my thoughts that folks may really feel any sort of approach about his presence on a monitor of mine. 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.

“We’re programmed to essentially be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he continued. “But black ladies are exponentially [a] greater oppressed and violated group of individuals simply compared to the entire world. Maybe I didn’t care as a result of I didn’t worth the accusers’ tales as a result of they had been black ladies. Usually, ni**as that get in bother for shit like this on their magnitude of superstar, it’s light-skinned ladies or white ladies. That’s when it’s an enormous story. I’ve by no means actually seen any photos of R. Kelly’s accusers.”

Chance additionally applauded the survivors for talking out. “I can’t be proper on a regular basis,” he stated. “I made a mistake and I’m comfortable that these ladies are getting voices now and I can develop to grasp higher what my positioning must be or ought to’ve been when that chance got here.”

After receiving backlash over his on-air feedback, Chance issued an apology on social media. “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 typically are) had been doing so on the detriment of black ladies and ladies,” he tweeted. “I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this lengthy to talk out.”

While many within the hip-hop and R&#zero38;B neighborhood had been reluctant to seem on digital camera for the six-part docuseries, John Legend did take part. “To everybody telling me how brave I’m for showing within the doc, it didn’t really feel dangerous in any respect,” tweeted Legend. “I imagine these ladies and don’t give a fuck about defending a serial youngster rapist. Easy determination.”

“Surviving R. Kelly” additionally credited Vince Staples for calling out Kelly in a post-Coachella interview that went viral. “He’s a baby molester and he pees on folks, and he can’t learn or write, and he didn’t go to jail,” stated Staples. “I’m a great particular person. R. Kelly is a bit of fu**ing shit.”