The R. Kelly bashing is turning into a national sport, and social media has become the playing field. After John Legend, a man who named his son after notorious woman abuser Miles Davis; Damon Dash is the latest celebrity to rewrite history and pretend that the music industry discovered that Kelly had some problematic issues with the fairer sex.
Dash, who dated Aaliyah before her tragic death in 2000, is now saying that Kelly’s relationship with the R&B princess made it impossible for him to work with him.
In an interview with Kenyatta Griggs, he stated: “I watched some of it yesterday, as much as I could tolerate. I’m not gonna lie, as a human, I was tight. I was tight about a couple of things. Number one: There was a girl when she was even trying to talk about it and she couldn’t, and I remember Aaliyah trying to talk about it and she couldn’t. She would just leave it at, ‘That dude was a bad man.”
He went on to say: “I didn’t really want to know what he did, to the extent that I would, you know, deal with it because that’s what a man does. But it was so much hurt for her to revisit it. I wouldn’t want to revisit it without a professional. Whatever got done was terrible.”
The co-founder of Roc-a-Fella Records forgets to mention that the label pushed out two joint albums from R. Kelly and Jay-Z after the Aaliyah marriage and the child pornography scandal.
Here is how Dash tried to frame that dichotomy: “I know I’m not fuckin’ with that […] I knew, morally, we weren’t the same. So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn’t fuck with it. It was something that, to me—I don’t wanna say ‘unforgivable,’ but I couldn’t understand it.”
Mr. Dash also forgot that he appeared in two music videos with the “Ignition” artist way after Aaliyah’s death — “Fiesta (Remix)” and “So Sexy” with Twista.
Kelly was always the same controversial figure. The only two things that have changed in the past decade — he no longer makes hit songs, and the #MeToo movement has made it cool to support women’s rights.