Destiny’s Child & R. Kelly Collab …
Just About Business
1/11/2019 12:50 AM PST
Mathew Knowles tells TMZ … every artist back then was judged by their talent and NOT their personal misdeeds. In Kelly’s case, that meant giving him a pass for reportedly marrying 15-year-old Aaliyah in 1994 … and settling a lawsuit with a woman claiming he had underage sex with her.
Mathew says creative genius trumped all back then.
If you didn’t know … Destiny’s Child — Bey, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson at the time — recorded a song with Kelly, but it never made the final cut for a DC album. Bey was 17 at the time, and Mathew makes it clear … he and Tina Knowles never lost sight of the girls during the session.
Despite the #MeToo era, Mathew thinks the music industry hasn’t made much progress when it comes to artists working with dubious characters — because, for many, it’s still just business.