With the growing movement to take R. Kelly down following Lifetime’s docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, some artistes have reacted to it and others are taking an extra step to remove songs made with R. Kelly from the internet to show support.
Chance The Rapper has removed “Somewhere In Paradise” from Apple Music and Spotify, Lady Gaga vowed to remove her “Do What U Want (With My Body)” duet with Kelly from digital platforms, and Celine Dion has told her team to remove 1998’s “I’m Your Angel” collab with Kelly from streaming services.
Chance’s unedited comments about working with Kelly can be read below.
“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake,” he told Lemieux. “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. 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.
“We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression. 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. Usually, niggas 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.”