The Milkshake singer claimed on Instagram that Beyoncé used her track without permission
Beyoncé removed a sample of Kelis’ song “Milkshake” from the “Energy” track on her new album Renaissance after the singer claimed she used the track without her permission.
Taking to Instagram to address the claims in a series of videos, Kelis accused the megastar of having “no integrity or soul”.
She claimed Beyoncé, Pharrel Williams and Chad Hugo failed to alert her that the song would be sampled on the track.
The updated track was released on August 3rd on Apple Music and Tidal streaming services.
Here’s everything you need to know about what Kelis said.
What did Kelis say about Beyonce?
Beyoncé released her new album Renaissance on Friday July 29th.
One of the tracks, entitled “Energy”, samples Kelis’ 2000 track “Milkshake”.
Kelis claims she only found out her song was being used after an Instagram account named kelistrends shared a picture of her and Beyoncé with the caption, “@Beyonce’s Renaissance album will be a @kelis sample of the song ‘Energy’ contain.”
The singer then responded on her verified Instagram account, bountyandfull, declaring, “It’s not a collaboration, it’s theft.”
Adding: “I am also overwhelmed because the level of disrespect and complete ignorance from all three parties involved is astounding.
“I heard about it like everyone else. Nothing is ever what it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone.”
Kelis posted two videos to Instagram accusing Beyoncé, Williams and Hugo of not making them aware that their song was sampled in the track.
Her video was captioned, “I said what I said because it’s the truth. You don’t have to like or agree with it. Facts are facts. If you’re a sheep keep it moving, this conversation is going to get over your head. I didn’t ask for it, but I’m not afraid of it either.”
In the video, she addressed the allegations that she was “jealous” of the Crazy in Love singer.
Kelis said, “The reality is that my real problem isn’t JUST with Beyoncé because at the end of the day she sampled a record, she copied me before. She’s done it before, as have many other artists. It’s okay, I don’t care.
“The problem is that we’re not just female artists, okay, black female artists in an industry [where] We are not that many. We met, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not difficult. She can get in touch, right?”
Adding, “It’s not about me being jealous. Jealous of someone using my song? That’s the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. Like growing up.”
What did Kelis say about Pharrel Williams?
But it wasn’t just Beyoncé, the singer also threw shade at Williams, who she worked with on her first two albums.
In her video, Kelis said: “Pharrell knows better. This is a hit with me. He does that all the time, it’s very petty.”
Adding: “I have every right to be frustrated.
“Why? Because nobody had the human decency to call and say, ‘Hey, we’d like to use your file.’ I’m upset because I know it was intentional.”
Kelis claimed Williams “cheated” her out of her older music and revealed she made no money from her first two albums.
She said, “He wrote credits on my records, all my singles randomly, and he never wrote a song or lyrics in his life.”
He added, “Chad really is an amoeba, he has no backbone, it’s a wonder he can hold his head up.”
Kelis has previously opened up about her treatment by the Neptunes and discussed it in an interview with the Guardian in 2020.
She claimed that she didn’t make any money from her first two albums, which Williams and Chad produced, and that “her argument is, ‘Well, you signed it.’ I say, ‘Yes, I signed what I was told and I was too young and dumb to double-check.'”
When was Kelis’ song “Milkshake” released?
The track “Milkshake” was released in 1999 along with their first studio album “Kaleidoscope”.