Mathew Knowles performed completely ZERO video games when it got here to defending his daughter and her bandmates from alleged sexual predator R. Kelly.
In an interview with the UK newspaper Metro, Knowles revealed the steps he and his spouse on the time, Tina Knowles, took to make sure that Destiny’s Child was protected round R. Kelly within the mid-1990s when the allegations of his sexual misconduct first surfaced.
Knowles—who managed Destiny’s Child—mentioned Kelly submitted a tune for the group’s debut album, however he turned it down as a result of it wasn’t ok.
He defined: “I used to be there, and my former spouse Tina was there. The factor with R Kelly was, he preferred to file late at evening, round midnight. And what was totally different along with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and subsequent door was a membership, with 40 or 50 folks dancing.”
The 67-year-old father of Beyoncé and Solange continued: “R Kelly was managed by Sony, by somebody I gained’t title, and at the moment, they’d virtually pressure you to file with [their] artists. And R Kelly wasn’t low-cost – it was $75,000, plus journey prices, so we’re speaking $100,000 for a tune. I personally rejected the tune, as a result of I didn’t suppose it was a superb tune. Not simply due to [his] status – this was round 1998, we had simply begun to listen to a few of these issues.”
Requested if the rumors surrounding R. Kelly and his unlawful relationship with Aaliyah and rumors of him preying on younger ladies additionally performed a consider him rejecting the tune, Knowles mentioned: “definitely, it was each of these issues.”
Actually, Mathew mentioned this prompted himself and Tina to protect the ladies from Kelly by any means essential. “The ladies had been 15, 16,” he mentioned. “After they went to the lavatory, Tina would go along with them. They didn’t depart our eyes.”
A supply near Knowles mentioned: “Document labels would ask R Kelly to write down songs for rising artists as a means to assist them break into the business and he made a number of requests for Destiny’s Child. Mathew and Tina rejected all of them as a result of they didn’t need him wherever close to the band which is why they’re one of many few acts to debut within the 90s with out an R Kelly tune in its official discography.”
The group did, nonetheless, find yourself recording a tune written by R. Kelly—the monitor “Stimulate Me” off the soundtrack for the 1999 film “Life,” however Knowles mentioned Kelly was NOT allowed within the studio when the Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson recorded it with producer Jermaine Dupri. The supply added: “Mathew didn’t need it on any official Destiny’s Child’s albums so it didn’t seem.”
Moreover, Beyoncé by no means labored with the “Age Ain’t Nothin’ However a Quantity” songwriter when she grew to become a solo act and she or he has “all the time turned him down,” a supply revealed. On prime of that, in an act of solidarity along with his quite a few victims, she additionally blocked any and all efforts of him making a living each time he selected to remix her songs.
Metro’s supply continued: “Again in 2008 he launched a remix of her single ‘If I Had been a Boy.’ The plan was to have it change into an official remix as they’re each signed to the label however Beyoncé didn’t give it the all clear so it by no means occurred.”
Mathew mentioned he would elaborate additional on his expertise with R. Kelly in his guide Destiny’s Child: The Untold Story, which might be launched this summer season. Knowles’ remarks come after R. Kelly has fallen beneath new scrutiny within the wake of the 6-episode Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
The “Bump N’ Grind” singer-songwriter has vehemently denied allegations of sexual misconduct, which embody allegedly holding girls hostage in a sexual cult and sexual relations with ladies as younger as 14 years previous.
The Grammy Award-winning artist was acquitted of kid porn costs in June 2008 in Cook dinner County, Illinois. The fees stemmed from an notorious “intercourse tape” that authorities mentioned confirmed him partaking in graphic sexual acts (together with urination) with a lady who 13 or 14 years of age.
The singer and the alleged lady within the tape have each mentioned it was not them within the footage, nonetheless, the alleged lady’s aunt—R&B singer Sparkle—mentioned that it was undoubtedly her niece and Kelly within the video.