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Mathew Knowles Claims He Saved Destiny’s Child From R. Kelly




Papa Knowles reveals in an interview with ‘The Metro’ that he took any and all steps to protect Destiny's Children from R.Kelly including prohibitting the girls from working with him.

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. R Kelly was managed by Sony, by someone I won’t name, and at that time, they would almost force you to record with [their] artists. And R Kelly wasn’t cheap – it was $75,000, plus travel costs, so we’re talking $100,000 for a song. ‘I personally rejected the song, because I didn’t think it was a good song. Not just because of [his] reputation – this was around 1998, we had just begun to hear some of those things.’

Record labels would request R Kelly to write songs for new artists to help them break into the industry and he requested to work with Destiny’s Child but Mathew and Tina put a No No No on that request because they didn't want him near the girls.

Beyoncé also blocked R.Kelly from working on her own material and successfully blocked his efforts to generate income when he remixed her songs in an act of solidarity with his victims. Kelly released a remix of her single ‘If I Were a Boy’ and he wanted it to become an official remix since they are on the same label but Beyoncé kept it Me, Myself and I and refused.


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