Los Angeles, Jan 6 (IANS) Chance the Rapper says it was a “mistake” to compose a song with singer R. Kelly, who has been accused of sexually assaulting several women.
In an interview that features in the latest episode of docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly”, Chance the Rapper admitted that he regretted working with Kelly, reports rollingstone.com.
“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.
Several women have allegedly accused Kelly of sexual assault a few years ago.
After the episode, Chance the Rapper tweeted on Friday and said that the quote was taken out of context. However, he still regrets working with Kelly. He even apologies for “ignoring the voices of survivors” for so long.