Matthew Knowles father of Beyonce Knowles Carter and former manager of Destiny Child said he was NOT with the sh*ts when it came to his girls working with R.Kelly back in the day.
Matthew Knowles, former manager of Destiny’s Child, claims he turned down R. Kelly’s proposal to work with the group. “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,” said Knowles.
“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,” he tells UK’s Metro.
“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.” Knowles adds that the reputation swayed him.
When asked if Kelly’s reputation effected how he was allowed to interact with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson and he said “certainly.
The girls were 15, 16. When they went to the bathroom, Tina would go with them. They did not leave our eyes.” Following Lifetime’s docu-series Surviving R. Kelly that aired last week, fresh investigations into alleged physical and sexual abuse by him have been launched in Chicago and Atlanta.
Knowles later on says “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. Mathew and Tina rejected all of them because they didn’t want him anywhere near the band which is why they are one of the few acts to debut in the 90s without an R Kelly song in its official discography.”