I Regret Working With R. Kelly - Chance The Rapper

Popular musician Chance the Rapper has admitted that it was a “mistake” to compose a track with fellow singer R. Kelly, who has been disgraced due to several accusations saying that he has sexually assaulted women many times. An interview with the rapper was featured in the latest episode of a docuseries revolving around R. Kelly, titled Surviving R. Kelly, which saw the rapper admit he regretted working with Kelly. He told the interviewer, "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. 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 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...," he added.

Many women came out, exposing Kelly of sexual assault last year. Since the episode, Chance has taken to his Twitter to explain that his quote was taken out of context. He cleared up that he still regrets working with the rapper, but apologised for “ignoring the voices of survivors” for so long.

— Rubaina Bilgrami
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