In a clip from an upcoming episode of Nick Cannon’s “Cannon’s Class,” the Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder admitted he regretted not saying anything when Jay-Z collaborated with Kelly, who wed Dame’s late girlfriend Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old.
“I’m human, bro. But I had to look the other way, all these years,” Dash said. “So publicly that man did a record with the n—a that raped my girl, that he liked as well. Right? You understand what I’m saying? But no one said nothing.”
Earlier in the clip, he also recalled Aaliyah’s reluctance to talk about her time with Kelly. The singer, who tragically died in a plane crash in 2001 when she was just 22, secretly wed Kelly in 1994, when she was just 15 after the two had collaborated on her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.” Her parents annulled the marriage the next year.
“I remember having a conversation with Aaliyah, and I was like, ‘Tell me what happened,’” Dash told Cannon. “And she just couldn’t. I just left it at that. She said, ’Leave it alone.’”
Last week after the premiere of “Surviving R. Kelly,” Dash told Hip Hop Motivation (via XXL) that Jay-Z’s work with Kelly – who he collaborated with on the song “Guilty Until Proven Innocent” and two albums – led to the demise of their business relationship.
“The thing I didn’t understand is, I was like, I know I’m not f–king with that. And because of the moral challenge and him choosing one way, I knew, morally, we weren’t the same,” he said. “So, to me, Roc-a-Fella was defunct. It was over. I couldn’t f–k with it. It was something that, to me—I don’t wanna say ‘unforgivable,’ but I couldn’t understand it.”
In the wake of the explosive Lifetime docuseries, which highlights Kelly’s history of alleged sexual misconduct with young girls, authorities in Georgia have launched a criminal investigation into the singer.
And CNN reports an arrest warrant was issued his former manager James Mason.