Chance the Rapper regrets collaboration with R Kelly

In the new documentary series ‘Surviving R Kelly,’ he called their song together “a mistake.”

In the past week, the internet has been buzzing about Surviving R Kelly, a new documentary series about the R&B star’s years-long sexual predation on black women and girls.

Even Chance the Rapper has chimed in. In an interview for the Lifetime doc, Chano went on record to say making a song with Kelly was “a mistake.”

The rapper explained his state of mind while making “Somewhere in Paradise,” his 2015 song featuring Kelly and Jeremih: “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.”

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“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,” he continued.

The Coloring Book rapper also attempted to explain why he turned a blind eye to Kelly’s accusers at the time: “Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, n***as 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.”

After abbreviated and uncontextualized quotes from the rapper’s interview went viral, he took to Twitter to further clarify his stance and apologize for having worked with Kelly:

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Kelly’s reputation as a sexual predator has been the subject of scrutiny and investigation by American media at least since the late ’90s, but new allegations arose in 2017 accusing the R&B artist of holding women against their will in what was characterized as a “cult.”

Surviving R Kelly is currently available to stream on Lifetime’s website. You can watch the interview clip with Chance the Rapper below via Rolling Stone:

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