Kelis isn’t pulling any punches when it comes to “come in for what’s”. [hers],
The “Milkshake” singer reportedly asked Beyoncé and The Neptunes for failing to obtain permission to sample her 1999 song “Get Along with You” on Beyoncé’s song “Energy” from their upcoming album. Renaissance (which is releasing tonight).
In a series of comments on Instagram from her Bounty & Full Business account, the singer couldn’t mince words when a Kelis Instagram fan page announced that “@kelis will include a sample from @kelis on the song ‘Energy’ in @Beyonce’s renaissance album. Via his trading account, Kelis wrote, “My mind is also blown because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astonishing. I heard about it the same way everyone did. Anything It’s not as it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and have fooled everyone.” In a comment later, she said, “It’s not a collab it’s a steal.”
Naturally, his comments ignited an internet firestorm, and he later took to his official Instagram account to share his thoughts in some candid videos.
“Number one, that’s why I’m a human that’s why I get annoyed and tickled,” she explains in the first video. “I’m an artist, so I am as Erica [Badu] Said ‘I’m sensitive about my s—.’ The reality is, my real beef isn’t only with Beyoncé, because at the end of the day, she sampled a record, she’s copied me before, so there are so many other artists, that’s okay, I don’t care. Is.”
Kelis noted that her issue is not the sample itself, but that “not only are we black female performers in an industry where there aren’t many of us” and that the two singers “have met each other, we love each other.” You know we should be mutual friends.”
“It’s not difficult. She can make contact, right?,” she continues, “Ashnikko, who’s what, 20? She’s a young fair girl, she reaches out when she looks weird, It’s just normal decency. It’s normal decency. Especially because, as many of you pointed out – I know what I have and what I don’t. I know the lies told. I steal things I also know. “
She calls Pharrell Williams, who co-founded The Neptunes with Chad Hugo. “Pharrell knows better. It’s a direct hit at me,” he alleged, “he does this stuff all the time. It’s too short.”
She concluded, saying it was “stupid and disrespectful” and that she wants Renaissance The singer or Williams or Hugo or anyone involved in the production had just reached out to him.
Prince Williams/Getty; Albert L. Ortega / Getty Kelis and Beyoncé
In a second video, she again stated that her issue is “not really about Beyoncé,” it’s about “hypocrisy and a lot of bullshit” in the industry itself.
Kelis wrote in the caption accompanying the second video, “I just heard the record everyone is saying I have my sample. But it’s beyond this song at the moment.” “It was a trigger for me. Milkshake alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation. I am a producer, I am an innovator, I have left my mark on an era of music and style that will go down in history. down. “
Kelis has shared his displeasure with Williams and Hugo in the past, saying Guardian in 2020 that she made nothing out of the sale of her first two albums, and was “blatantly lied to and deceived” by “the Neptunes and their management and their lawyers and all that stuff” to sign those contracts “.
Representatives for Beyoncé, Kelis and The Neptunes did not immediately respond to a request for comment.