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Chance the Rapper Apologizes For Working With R. Kelly And 'Taking This Long to Speak Out'

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Chance the Rapper performs onstage during the 2018 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Weekend 1 at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2018 in Indio, Calif. 

Chance the Rapper made an appearance in last night's (Jan. 5) final episode of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries in which he admitted in an interview with Jamilah Lemieux that "making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake." (He collaborated with Kelly and Jeremih on 2015's "Summer in Paradise.")  

After fans on Twitter jumped on the fact that Chance was quoted as saying "I didn't value the accusers' stories because they were black women," the rapper posted a statement insisting that line had been taken out of context and reiterating his regrets over working with R. Kelly.  

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

He also posted a video of the complete interview to Twitter, providing more context for his remarks. In it, he says, "Making a song with R. Kelly was a mistake. At the time, it wasn’t even present in my mind that people could feel any type of way about his presence on a track of mine. Here’s the thing: I think for a long time I was only able to understand R. Kelly’s situation and presence in the world when it comes down to his trial and his accusations and his accusers as a victim. I don’t know if that’s because I’m from Chicago or ‘cause he made great music or ‘cause he is a black man."

"We’re programmed to really be hypersensitive to black male oppression," he continued. "It’s just prevalent in all media, and when you see n----s getting beat up by the police...that’s like a scene you see...like slavery for a lot of people, they envision men in chains, but black women are exponentially [a] higher oppressed and violated group of people just in comparison to the whole world. Maybe I didn’t care because I didn’t value the accusers’ stories because they were black women. Usually, n----s that get in trouble for shit like this on their magnitude of celebrity, it’s light-skinned women or white women. That’s when it’s a big story. I’ve never really seen any pictures of R. Kelly’s accusers.”  

 Later on Twitter, he elaborated, adding, "Anyone mentioning that I have black women in my family is deliberately missing the point. Regardless of the proximity of beneficial BW in your life, or being black yourself, we are all capable of subconsciously discrediting black women and their stories because it's indoctrinated."  

Lemieux also took to Twitter to defend Chance's statements, writing, "FYI, I conducted the interview with Chance in May. He spoke clearly and unequivocally in support of BW and the victims."

Check out the full video of Chance the Rapper's comments, as well as the tweets, below.