With R. Kelly facing life in prison and his crimes being unveiled fully thanks to the award-winning documentary Surviving R. Kelly, his past achievements are still under scrutiny as people have given up his music due to his past actions. There’s no denying that Kelly was talented in music but the stories of people who worked with him are still pouring out, with the latest being courtesy of Destiny’s Child.
Beyonce’s mother, Tina Lawson, recently shared a meme that had gone viral about her daughters being overprotective of each other. Mama Tina shared two separate interviews of the singers in one post, both in which they could be heard defending each other publicly and also sharing that they’ll fight when it comes to their other sibling.
Solange in the clip says, “You cannot f— with my sister. I may try to beat your a**. If I’m at a concert and I hear some chicks poppin’ off…” she trails off, implying violence in support of her uber-talented sister. In the other clip, an interview captured Beyoncé indicating the same sentiments about her sister.
“If someone talks about my sister, I swear to you I’m ready to fight,” later adding “If my sister is happy, I’m even more happy. If my sister is sad, I’m even more sad.”
Mama Tina captioned the post, crystallizing exactly where the two daughters got it from – their mama. “Sisterly Love The Houston Way❤️❤️ and Mama will beat you’re a** about both!!!!!! 😂”
Dealing with R. Kelly’s legacy in light of his charges has been a topic of discussion that’s recurred daily since his arrest, and many artists have had a reckoning on their own with relation to their work with the hitmaker.
Singer Syleena Johnson changed her tune when she told The Associated Press that she can’t “happily perform” her hit song “I Am Your Woman” any longer – adding that the song brings her “to tears.” She claims the “#MuteRKelly” movement also made her take another look at the lyrics, as he wrote the song and produced the song for her, which was a hit.
“No, I didn’t tape the song knowing what I know now, but when you know better, you have to do better,” Johnson said in the interview. “Essentially you’ve put me in a predicament where I’m a young woman talking about being with an older man. That’s what my song says. … So, when I see what’s going on, I’m in tears because I’ve been singing that the whole time.”
Father of Beyoncé and Solange Knowles shared in an interview how him and his ex-wife Tina Lawson made sure to keep Destiny’s Child, and their daughter, safe from Kelly with a watchful eye — after hearing of the rumors back then while they worked with the singer, however.
“This was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things,” Knowles told People.
“I was there, and my former wife Tina was there. The thing with R. Kelly was, he liked to record late at night, around midnight. And what was different with his studio was that one room had a recording suite, and next door was a club, with 40 or 50 people dancing,” he reminisced, making sure to add that the girls were “15, 16” during the recording of their album The Writing’s On The Wall.
“When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes,” Knowles specifically pointed out.
Hear the one collaboration between R. Kelly and Destiny’s Child, from the soundtrack of the 1999 movie Life called “Stimulate Me” below.