Surviving R. Kelly could have modified the general public’s notion of the R&B luminary however his popularity as a predator-like girls man goes again a pair a long time. Matthew Knowles, who managed his daughter’s group as they rose to fame, claims he turned down R. Kelly’s proposal to collaborate with Destiny’s Child.

“R Kelly was managed by Sony, by somebody I received’t title, and at the moment, they might nearly power you to file with [their] artists,” mentioned Knowles. “And R Kelly wasn’t low-cost – it was $75,000, plus journey prices, so we’re speaking $100,000 for a music. I personally rejected the music, as a result of I didn’t assume it was a superb music. Not simply due to [his] popularity – this was round 1998, we had simply begun to listen to a few of these issues.” He does affirm that this notorious popularity swayed him.

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“I used to be there, and my former spouse Tina was there. The factor with R Kelly was, he favored to file late at night time, 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 poisonous tradition of the music business prompted him and his spouse to oversee the group with adamance. “The women had been 15, 16. When they went to the lavatory, Tina would go together with them,” he mentioned. “They didn’t depart our eyes.”

A supply informed Metro: “Record labels would ask R Kelly to jot down songs for rising artists as a approach 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 anyplace close to the band which is why they’re one of many few acts to debut within the 90s with out an R Kelly music in its official discography.”

The group did file a music penned by Kelly referred to as “Stimulate Me” for an Eddy Murphy movie’s soundtrack in 1999. The music was not, nonetheless, together with on every other their very own initiatives. R. Kelly can also be mentioned to haven’t been current when Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTa put of their studio time.