Chance the Rapper claims “Surviving R. Kelly” interview was “taken out of context”

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Chance the Rapper found himself in the hot seat after his comments featured in the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series began circling the net. 

In the interview, the Coloring Book artist acknowledges that his past collaborations with R. Kelly were a “mistake.” The rapper also suggests that perhaps his dismissal of Kelly’s shocking past was in part due to the the fact that the singer’s accusers are black women.

Chance’s comments were meant to punctuate his larger point that he feels more inclined to be “hypersensitive” to black men’s oppression as oppose to black women’s.

Saturday night, Chance took to Twitter to clarify his statement before issuing a more formal apology.

“The quote was taken out of context,” he wrote.

“But the truth is any of us who ever ignored the R. Kelly stories, or ever believed that he was being setup/attacked by the system (as black men often are) were doing so at the detriment of black women and girls. I apologize to all the survivors for working with him and taking this long to speak out.”

He continued by tweeting, “Regardless of the proximity of beneficial [sic] black women in your life, or being black yourself, we are all capable of subconsciously discrediting [sic] black women and their stories because it’s indoctrinated.”

Chance previously collaborated with Kelly on the 2015 effort “Somewhere in Paradise,” and even featured the R&B crooner as a surprise guest during his 2014 set at Lollapalooza.

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