Erykah Badu made headlines over the weekend after she tried to engage a crowd in Chicago in a "prayer for R. Kelly." A few days later and Badu is still dealing with the fallout. On Tuesday night she engaged in a back-and-forth with Surviving R. Kelly producer dream hampton. Badu responded to a Twitter user to inform her that she did not decline an invite to appear on the Lifetime documentary series which aired earlier this year. Producer hampton said this is incorrect and that Badu was invited to participate but, like many other artists, did not make herself available.
In Badu's initial tweet she stated that she was "never asked" to appear on the show.
That’s not true. I’ve never worked with him, don’t know him personally , and was never asked to be a part of the documentary. https://t.co/nRajs33Hjy— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) January 22, 2019
hampton quickly responded, stating that the team behind the show wanted to ask her about praising Kelly at the 2015 Soul Train Awards.
I asked Producer T. Farris to contact @fatbellybella to be in doc because I wanted clarity on two things: 1) a quote attributed to her, "No one has done more for Black people than R. Kelly" & 2) what she was thinking when she called him her "brother" at Soul Train Awards. https://t.co/yYBvP8bBIj— dream hampton (@dreamhampton) January 22, 2019
Just two musicians contributed to Surviving R. Kelly. One of them was John Legend who went on to state that he took part in order to bring the "serial child rapist" to justice.
Last week it was reported that Kelly has been dropped by Sony since the documentary aired. He has denied all the charges against him through a lawyer. Former collaborators Lady Gaga, Chance The Rapper, and Celene Dion have all pulled their songs with Kelly from streaming services.