Beyonce's father Mathew Knowles claims music industry 'only looked at professional side of R. Kelly' - Daily Mail Daily Mail - Fri 11 Jan 19:04 GMT
Beyonce's father Matthew Knowles has claimed that people in the music industry only looked at the professional side, and not the personal side, of artists as he addressed the allegations against R.Kelly.
This comes after Matthew revealed he passed on using R. Kelly for a 1998 collaboration with Destiny’s Child due to both business differences with the singer and his reputation.
Knowles said he passed on a collaboration between a then-established R. Kelly - who had hits such as to his name by then such as 1993's Bump N’ Grind and 1996's I Believe I Can Fly - and his up-and-coming group due to both business and creative differences.
An insider corroborated Mathew's account with the outlet, recalling how ‘record labels would ask R. Kelly to write songs for emerging artists as a way to help them break into the industry and he made several requests for Destiny’s Child.
Between the R. Kelly's reputation and the business differences, Mathew said 'it was both of those' factors that put him off of using his artists to collaborate with him.
The group did record one song R. Kelly wrote - the track Stimulate Me off of the soundtrack for the 1999 movie Life - but he was not present when it was recorded, an insider told the outlet, adding that 'Mathew didn’t want it on any official Destiny’s Child’s albums, so it didn’t appear.'