Chance the Rapper is voicing regrets about making music with R. Kelly.
The admission comes in the final episode of Lifetime’s ‘Surviving R. Kelly.’
via Rolling Stone:
As both the rapper and the R&B singer are musical icons in their native Chicago, their paths have crossed on numerous occasions: During Chance the Rapper’s Lollapalooza set in 2014, held in the Windy City, he brought out Kelly as a surprise guest. “Make some noise for the Pied Piper of R&B,” he told the crowd.
The following year, Chance the Rapper made a cameo in Kelly’s “Backyard Party” video and collaborated with the singer on “Somewhere in Paradise.” However, in an interview that features in Surviving R. Kelly, Chance said that in hindsight he regretted working with Kelly.
“Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake. I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women,” Chance the Rapper told Cassius‘ Jamilah Lemieux. “I made a mistake.”
It’s unclear whether Chance’s comments were recorded in accordance with Surviving R. Kelly or if it was unreleased footage from an unrelated interview.
Better late than never, we suppose.
Update: Chance says his quote was taken out of context.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) January 6, 2019