The telling stories in the Surviving R.Kelly Docuseries have generated a slew of opinions surrounding R.Kelly‘s inability to be subject to cancel culture. With many celebrities leaving their two cents about the changing legacy of the R&B singer, Dee-1 has stretched the conversation to include other troubling aspects of the music industry.
“It shouldn’t just stop with R. Kelly because in this industry we have known wife beaters, we have people who openly glorify selling dope and poisoning our community generation after generation, so the real question is where do we draw the line,” the 29-year-old said.
Last year appeared to be the deadliest for the rap industry as a reported 26 notable artists died from drug abuse or gun violence. Artists such as Lil Peep and Mac Miller died from overdoses while rappers like Young Greatness died from gun violence.
🗣 Black women’s voices matter, and R Kelly needs to be held accountable. Period. The difficult part of this conversation is, where do we draw the line? As a consumer, i have no problem WANTING TO not support anyone living foul off the mic or glorifying foulness on the mic. Internally though, i struggle.. Because i’m addicted to some of the same music i know is bad for us. And i want to be better 😤. And i know that none of us is without sin 😤, but i think it’s time for a massive shift in how we think about what we consume as well as the artists + messages we support. Let me know your thoughts below… 👇🏽👇👇🏻👇🏿👇🏾👇👇🏼👇🏾
Continuing to question the system, the “Sallie Mae” lyricist urged listeners to expand their condemnation for Kelly’s reported actions to other artists who have abused their power while providing chart-topping hits.
“It can’t just stop with one person,” he said in the video posted to Instagram. Dee, even managed to take responsibility for his compliance writing a caption where he set standards for himself writing his wants to do better.
Standing behind what many have been saying since the 6-part series aired, the rapper–who is under the same record label of the disgruntled songwriter– stands beside the victims with his bold reservations.