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Chance the Rapper Says He Regrets Making Music With R. Kelly

January 6, 2019 | Posted by Ashish
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Following our earlier story on Aaliyah’s mother disputing claims that R. Kelly had sex with Aaliyah when she was 15, the final episode of Surviving R. Kelly features Chance the Rapper saying in an interview with Jamilah Lemieux that making music with R. Kelly “was a mistake.” Chance did a song with R. Kelly in 2015 titled “Somewhere in Paradise” and also brought R. Kelly out on stage during his 2014 performance at Lollapalooza, introducing him as the “Pied Piper of R&B.” Both artists are from Chicago.

Rolling Stone reports that Chance went on to tell Lemieux that he was skeptical of the accusers because they were black women.

“I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. I made a mistake,” they quote him as saying.

Chance says that quote is taken out of context.

He also tweeted a clip of his original interview with Lemieux which provides more context for his comments regarding black women.

“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression,” he says in the clip.

“But black women are exponentially higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world,” he continues on. “Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, n****s that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”

Below are more quotes from his interview with Lemieux.

“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake. At the time, it wasn’t even present in my mind that people could feel any type of way about his presence on a track of mine. Here’s the thing: 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.

“I can’t be right all the time,” he added. “I made a mistake and I’m happy that those women are getting voices now and I can grow to understand better what my positioning should be or should’ve been when that opportunity came.”

He also tweeted the following addition.

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