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'I Don't Give A F--k About Protecting A Serial Child Rapist:' Musicians Speak Out After 'Surviving R. Kelly'

Rappers like Meek Mill and Vince Staples have something to say about R. Kelly.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

The world is talking about "Surviving R. Kelly."

The six-part Lifetime docu-series covers the life, career and allegations surrounding superstar R. Kelly. From his illicit marriage to Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time, to his 2002 indictment for child pornography, the docu-series showcases an alleged pattern of behavior involving abuse and manipulation of women. Kelly has denied the claims himself.

Kelly has collaborated with the who's who of entertainment from Lady Gaga and Celine Dion to Diddy in the past. From penning "You Are Not Alone" for Michael Jackson to performing "I Believe I Can Fly" for "Space Jam,"  he was once thought of as a "musical genius." But the docu-series has sparked new celebrity outrage. 

Here are the artists speaking out about R. Kelly.

Meek Mill

During his weekly #AskMeek fan Q&A on Twitter, Meek Mill takes on subjects like music, love and whether the Earth is really flat. Over the weekend, the rapper was asked about Kelly in light of the documentary.

"I’m not feeling R after watching that .... it’s so much filthy shit going on in this industry nobody will ever really speak on the wild shit because most of them could have docs like this or even worst done about them!," he responded.

Chance The Rapper

As one of the most prominent rappers from Chicago, Chance The Rapper collaborated with Kelly for 2015's "Somewhere In Paradise." He now says that he regrets that decision and shared a video interview in which he admitted that because Kelly's victims were black women, it was somewhat easy to dismiss them.


R. Kelly's musical influence on the younger generation is palpable. That said, newcomer 6lack blasted Kelly after watching the documentary. "man tf outta here. please. he beyond trash," the "East Atlanta Love Letter" singer tweeted. 

Vince Staples

Vince Staples was one of the first to speak out about Kelly's alleged "child molester" behavior during Coachella last year. He took to Twitter to blast those who are just now taking notice. "Y’all weird as hell for crediting me for this K. Relly shit leave me alone with your out of nowhere care..."

John Legend

John Legend is arguably the biggest star featured in "Surviving R. Kelly." The superstar has been lauded for taking a stance and using his platform. To him, he sees the victims as truly the ones to commend. "To everyone telling me how courageous I am for appearing in the doc, it didn't feel risky at all. I believe these women and don't give a f--k about protecting a serial child rapist. Easy decision." he tweeted.

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