Beyoncé unveiled her seventh album, Renaissance, to rave critiques from critics and fans this week ― however one fellow pop artist isn’t singing her praises.
In a sequence of Instagram posts, singer Kelis criticised Beyoncé for sampling her 2003 single, “Milkshake,” on the brand new tune “Power,” allegedly with out her permission.
Milkshake, which seems on Kelis’ album Tasty, was written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes ― each of whom are credited as co-writers on Power. Kelis was not listed as a songwriter on Milkshake upon its preliminary launch, and “Power” doesn’t embody her vocals.
Nonetheless, that didn’t cease the two-time Grammy nominee from accusing Beyoncé of “thievery” over her interpolation of the tune. After an Instagram fan page talked about the usage of Milkshake on Power this week, Kelis fired again through the verified account for her product line, Bounty & Full.
“My thoughts is blown too as a result of the extent of disrespect and utter ignorance of all three events concerned is astounding,” she wrote within the feedback of the publish. “Nothing is ever because it appears, a few of the folks on this enterprise don’t have any soul or integrity and so they have everybody fooled.”
On Thursday, Kelis amplified her stance in a pair of videos posted to her private Instagram account.
“The fact is that my actual beef is just not solely with Beyoncé, as a result of, on the finish of the day, she sampled a document,” she said in one. “She’s copied me earlier than, she’s finished this earlier than, so have many different artists. It’s high quality, I don’t care about that.”
“The difficulty is that not solely are we feminine artists, okay? Black feminine artists in an business [where] there’s not that many people,” she continued. “We’ve met one another, we all know one another, we now have mutual buddies. It’s not arduous. She will contact, proper?”
In a later video, she added: “It’s not a collaboration. It’s known as thievery as a result of the definition of collaboration means we’re working collectively. There’s no working collectively in case you are not checking in to see if all the things’s cool.”
Representatives of Beyoncé and Williams didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for touch upon Kelis’ remarks.
On condition that Kelis is just not listed as a author on Milkshake and isn’t the tune’s copyright holder, her claims are not likely to carry a lot authorized weight. The singer, nevertheless, has known as out Williams and Hugo on earlier events, saying they didn’t correctly credit score or compensate her for her work.
Talking to The Guardian in 2020, Kelis mentioned she’d been “blatantly lied to and tricked” by The Neptunes in the course of the early days of her profession, claiming that Williams had stolen “all my publishing.”