Since Lifetime exposed a plethora of R. Kelly’s disturbing secrets with Surviving R. Kelly, cancel culture has been in full effect, and many of the Chicago crooner’s former collaborators have shunned with him for good reason. John Legend refuses to cape for a “serial child rapist.” Chance The Rapper, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion and Ciara have taken greater actions to show their support of the #MuteRKelly movement by getting their songs featuring the Pied Piper removed from streaming platforms. However, fans are still side-eyeing many of their favorites for remaining silently complicit amid the heinous accusations being brought to the surface. Diddy, Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Usher, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Mariah Carey and Roc Nation’s legend, Hov, are a just a handful from Robert’s extensive industry Rolodex who have yet to publicly go against him, whether it be about the victims, their stance as parents or what they might’ve turned a blind eye to all those years ago.
In regards to The Best of Both Worlds, the Queens-bred icon stated, “you can’t tell me [redacted] didn’t see a 14-year-old girl come in the studio and sit on R. Kelly’s lap.” The Illmatic emcee continued, “I been around R. Kelly and I pray for that brother. I been on a tour with him; it didn’t last too long, but I been around him.” Nas has worked with Robert and admitted that he personally never saw Robert surrounded by teenage girls, he sensed “there was a little problem" and "prayed." However, if Nas feels if you were about to write-produce an album “about women with him,” then you could assume that you were “indulging” in similar behavior, a subtle jab at his former rival.
Nas referenced a few of these "facts" on his infamous diss track, "Ether," but hasn't made a public and updated statement in light of the recent news, as of yet. It's clear that the domino effect is trickling down, and no one is safe from the storm brewing against Robert Kelly.
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