The Baduizm songstress much of the week clearing the smoke caused from words shared at a recent Chicago performance where she encouraged her fans to pray for the proven sexual predator and R&B singer. After hearing the wave of discontent wash over the crowd at her live show, she also predicted the backlash waiting for her on the internet afterward. Erykah went head-to-head with some of the tweets landing in her mentions, clarifying her sentiments and debunking rumors—one of which held that she worked with Kelly during her career, and thus, declined to be in the Surviving R. Kelly documentary. Fat Belly Bella shut that one down too, but not without some pushback from the docu-series’ executive producer Dream Hampton herself, who revealed that she has the cold-hard receipts of her defense to Erykah’s claims.
She claimed that she not only has never worked with him, but doesn’t know him personally nor was asked to be part of the Lifetime project.
She specifically named producer T. Farris as the person to have reached out to Erykah. Hampton said she wanted the singer to speak on one quote, where she stated “no one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly,” and the thought process behind her choice to call him her “brother” at BET’s Soul Train Awards.
She continued explaining that Hampton knew that was false, and personally, Erykah felt that everyone Hampton did choose to include in the documentary were qualified enough to speak on the situation even without her. If she really did send Farris to reach out to her, she said, she’d like to see the proof of that. “But for now, produce this ‘producer’s’ request or…APOLOGIZE. It’s simple.”
“Again, you PUBLICLY said he did more for black people than anyone?” She added that if Erykah wanted to apologize for the previous sentiments, she’d accept that. But calling him her brother was still beyond her.
She still won’t be sending those receipts Erykah asked for.
Yikes. That escalated quickly.
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