Future on R. Kelly: “Stop Talking About It, It’ll Go Away”

By January 9, 2019Music

Future was interviewed today on Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio station. At one point, host J Cruz asked the rapper if he would ever collaborate with R. Kelly again following their 2012 Pluto collaboration “Parachute.” “Man, who is that,” Future responded. “I thought we had forgot about that.”

“We giving it too much attention, you know what I’m sayin,” he continued. “When you give things too much attention, they blow up. That’s why he gon’ blow up. That’s why his music gonna do what it did ’cause y’all keep talkin’ about it. Stop talking about it, it’ll go away.”

When asked if there was a sense of “fake outrage” surrounding Kelly, Future said: “I don’t know what it is, there’s just too many people talking about it, you know what I’m sayin. Behind the scenes, there’s supposed to be things done how they’re supposed to be done. Stop giving it negative attention, attention.” Watch the full interview below (comments about Kelly begin around 9:00). Pitchfork has reached out to Future’s representatives for further comment.

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The question about Kelly came after Future said that he won’t be “restricting his creativity” or censor his lyrics based on what listeners might be offended by. “I’m not trying to offend no one when I do anything,” he said. “I have no ill intentions—no ill will.”

Over the weekend, Lifetime aired the six-episode documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly.” It included interviews with several women who outlined allegations of abuse. Following the documentary, R. Kelly’s Spotify streams reportedly saw a significant increase.

After the airing of “Surviving R. Kelly,” Chicago State Attorney Kim Foxx held a press conference encouraging any survivors and witnesses with information about Kelly to contact her office in order to initiate an investigation.

Read “Creating “‘Surviving R. Kelly’: Why dream hampton Put Together the Powerful Series” on the Pitch.