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10 of R. Kelly’s Most High-Profile Collaborations: What the Artists Have Said About Allegations Against Him

Last week, Lifetime aired the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which featured gut-wrenching testimonies from survivors of his alleged sexual, psychological and bodily abuse, supporting horrifying long-standing allegations and making surprising new revelations in regards to the R&B singer.

Backlash in opposition to Kelly has pressured authorities to take motion on account of the brutal six-part sequence. The Fulton County District Attorney's Office in Atlanta has reportedly launched a prison investigation into R. Kelly concerning claims of abuse and manipulation contained in the confines of his former ATL mansion. Cook County State's Attorney also spoke out, asking Kelly's alleged Chicago victims to return ahead following the claims described as "deeply, deeply disturbing."

Since the present's airing, many artists have determined to take it upon themselves to make use of their platform to sentence the Chicago native and stand with the various alleged victims who nonetheless stuffer to this present day — together with a number of of whom as soon as collaborated with the artist throughout his interval of R&B and pop stardom. 

With almost three many years value of hits packed into his illustrious music catalog, R. Kelly has had the chance to collaborate with fairly the vary of gifted artists all through his profession. From Celine Dion to Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper, listed here are 10 of the self-proclaimed Pied Piper of R&B's most high-profile collaborations — and what these artists who’ve labored with him have stated about Kelly's reported darkish previous.

Nick Cannon, "Gigolo" (2003)

Nick Cannon teamed up with R. Kelly again in 2003 for Cannon's greatest Billboard Hot 100 hit report in "Gigolo." The memorable visual options the pair of artists stunting in luxurious whereas laced in extra-baggy sports activities jerseys. Cannon apologized for turning a blind eye to Kelly's historical past of alleged abuse in a heartfelt prolonged Instagram publish on Thursday. He requires the leisure business to alter its infrastructure to assist cease girls being preyed upon. 

"The actual leaders and Bosses should step up and be MEN," Cannon proclaimed. "And I can be one of many first to say on behalf of all males, I’m Sorry. Please think about an advocate, ally and pupil that wants steerage in an business that was designed to make the most of girls. Let’s change it ALL instantly. And name all of it to the desk for our ignorance, unsuitable doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens."


#TBT After much self reflection and meditation, I have to be one of the first to admit that in my past I’ve DEFINITELY turned a blind eye to a lot of darkness in this industry. Let’s stop beating around the bush and call it what it is. This entire industry was established and built by evil and predatorily spirits and male chauvinistic behavior. And since the recent media outrage pertaining to @RKELLY I have realized that the REAL issue at hand is the ultimate lack of care and disrespect for our QUEENS. For far too long we have treated women like second class citizens, when in actuality they are the source, our core, and the Superior beings. But our insecurities, Egos, and lack of love has tried to prove otherwise. Therefore we have SEVERAL cases where we allow entertainers, executives, and every day individuals abuse and mistreat our life bearers and beautiful equals. It is no secret how men have misused their power to manipulate young emerging pop stars to seasoned hollywood actresses and everyone in between. I have personally witnessed it and will no longer be silent about it. It’s not dry snitching, it’s a paradigm shift. I’m not judging ANY man for his past or his private actions because I too am a guilty sinner of the blatant disrespect even in some of the statements in the song above. But From Individuals like Les Moonves, Harvey Weinstein, ‪Steven Tyler‬, R. Kelly, Elvis and others, I must say we have to deal with this sickness head on. The real leaders and Bosses must step up and be MEN! And I will be one of the first to say on behalf of all men, I am Sorry. Please consider an advocate, ally and student that needs guidance in an industry that was designed to take advantage of women. Let’s change it ALL immediately. And call it all to the table for our ignorance, wrong doings and disrespect. I apologize my Queens.

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Lady Gaga, "Do What U Want" (2013)

Words are one factor, however to take motion is one other. Lady Gaga commented on the "horrifying" allegations made within the documentary on Twitter this previous Thursday, calling Kelly's actions indefensible. She even took issues a step additional following the apology, declaring that her "Do What U Want" 2013 collab with R. Kelly could be taken off streaming providers and digital music retailers to cease his profiting within the near-future — formally pulling the observe later that evening. The single had reached a peak of No. 13 on the Hot 100 in 2013. 

"I stand behind these girls 1000%, consider them, know they’re struggling and in ache, and really feel strongly that their voices needs to be heard and brought critically. As a sufferer of sexual assault myself, I made each the music and video at a darkish time in my life," the pop star wrote. "I intend to take away this music off iTunes and different streaming platforms and won’t be working with him once more. I'm sorry, each for my poor judgment once I was younger, and for not talking out sooner."

Chance the Rapper, "Summer in Paradise" (2015)

Chance the Rapper has lengthy aimed to make use of his affect for the better good. Lil Chano was truly included within the ultimate episode of Surviving R. Kelly, which performed a small clip from his interview with Cassius the place Chance expressed remorse for working with R. Kelly in 2015 on "Summer in Paradise," calling the observe a "mistake." The 25-year-old additionally introduced out Kells throughout his Coachella set, the yr earlier than their lone collab was launched.

"At the time, it wasn’t even current in my thoughts that folks may really feel any sort of means about his presence on a observe of mine," he defined. "Here’s the factor: I believe for a very long time I used to be solely capable of perceive R. Kelly’s scenario and presence on the planet when it comes all the way down to his trial and his accusations and his accusers as a sufferer. I don’t know if that’s as a result of I’m from Chicago or ‘trigger he made nice music or ‘trigger he’s a black man."

Following the episode's launch, the Coloring Book rapper cleared up the context of his intentions on Twitter. "The quote was taken out of context, however the reality is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly tales, or ever believed he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black males usually are) have been doing so on the detriment of black girls and women," he wrote. "I apologize to all of his survivors for working with him and for taking this lengthy to talk out."  

Usher, "Same Girl" (2007)

"Same Girl" incorporates a collaboration between Usher and R. Kelly, on which the pair of R&B titans inform a narrative about their experiences of messing round with a sure girl on the similar time. If you've seen the docuseries, that is most likely a troublesome observe to abdomen greater than a decade after its 2007 launch. Usher hasn't publicly commented on Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of minors. 

Phoenix – "Trying to Be Cool (Remix)" (2013)

French various hitmakers Phoenix enlisted R. Kelly on the official remix to their "Trying to be Cool" single again in 2013 and in addition performed a medley of collaborations with Kelly at Coachella in 2013. The four-man band launched an apology for regretfully working with Kells on the observe Thursday afternoon. "We are deeply horrified by the tales of abuse surrounding R. Kelly. We remorse that we weren’t each extra knowledgeable and extra discerning once we labored with him beforehand. We totally assist all victims of sexual abuse, and it's our hope that there can be a path to justice," reads the in depth mea culpa on Phoenix's Twitter account.

B2K, "Girlfriend (Pied Piper Remix)" (2003)

B2K's Omarion felt compelled to talk out in opposition to R. Kelly, since he penned a sequence of data for the R&B group and jumped on the Pied Piper remix of "Girlfriend" in 2003. "It’s vital first to ACKNOWLEDGE that this has been an unpleasant reality in our business for years and versus dismissing it’s existence | its time to debate it," he tweeted on Monday. "EVERYONE needs to be RESPONSIBLE. Many have bared witness to the unthinkable and but have remained silent."

He added: "Those accountable have to be held accountable. #rkelly was each a sufferer & a predator & accordingly have to be held accountable but in addition get skilled assist. His inventive genius impressed us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The darkish at all times involves mild."

JAY-Z, The Best of Both Worlds (2002)

JAY-Z has remained unusually quiet relating to the stark backlash in opposition to his frequent collaborator R. Kelly. Surviving govt producer dream hampton says Hov declined to be part of the docuseries, and he hasn't stated something publicly since its airing. Jay recorded a pair of albums with Kelly which are each obtainable to stream on TIDAL.

Best of Both Worlds was launched in March 2002, and shortly after, the notorious R. Kelly intercourse tape leaked, which led to Kelly being arrested on 21 counts of kid pornography, however he was in the end acquitted when the case lastly went to trial in 2008. While selling the challenge, the Brooklyn rapper caught up with Sway Calloway for an interview. "I acquired love for the dude. If he's responsible, I simply hope and pray that he will get assist. If he's not, I want everyone embraces him. Our contact is sparse," Hov detailed. Regarding the alleged incident from the video, Jay stated he wasn't there for any of that. He later known as the scenario a "blown alternative."

Kelly and the Roc Nation CEO would hyperlink up as soon as once more for the Unfinished Business joint album in 2004. The pair would embark on a subsequent tour collectively, however the ultimate 15 reveals have been in the end canceled after Kelly accused followers of waving weapons within the MSG crowd. The official press release for the cancellation from Jay's reps blamed R. Kelly's "lack of professionalism and unpredictable habits."

Mariah Carey, "Betcha Gon' Know" (2014)

Mariah Carey has labored alongside R. Kelly a number of instances up to now. Kells hopped on a remix of Carey's 2008 bop "Touch My Body." They linked up as soon as once more years later for Mariah's "Betcha Gon' Know." Another remix to the aforementioned tune is reportedly within the works, as a snippet was posted to Twitter by R. Kelly in May, accompanied by a photograph of the duo within the studio. 

Following the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries airing, a tweet from the Grammy-winning pop star resurfaced that includes a Christmas particular efficiency in 2016, which noticed Kells make a cameo to carry out Nat King Cole's traditional "The Christmas Song" as a duet alongside Carey. The 48-year-old hasn't publicly commented on the allegations made in opposition to Kelly. 

Justin Bieber, "PYD" (2013)

The Biebs found his mature voice as an artist in his late teenagers, as he started shedding his status as a toddler star. Justin Bieber discovered himself tangled with R. Kelly after realizing the pair have been staying in the identical resort in 2012. With a rapport established, the Canada native despatched what would turn into "PYD" to Kelly and the "relaxation is simply historical past," because the R&B star put it. He instructed Rap-Up that they deliberate to do extra music collectively, but it surely doesn't seem to be that truly got here to fruition. Kelly was very complimentary of Bieber's means on the time.

Bieber has but to publicly touch upon the claims made in opposition to R. Kelly within the docuseries.

Celine Dion, "I'm Your Angel" (1998)

"I'm Your Angel," alongside '90s pop celebrity Celine Dion, would notch R. Kelly his second No. 1 hit on the Hot 100. The unlikely duet companions meshed seamlessly for a tuneful ballad, which ended up showing on Kells' R album. The Canadian singer was approached to talk on her experiences working with the alleged sexual predator, however Dion's crew reportedly declined dream hampton's request to seem on Surviving R. Kelly, and she or he hasn't publicly commented on the sequence since. 

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