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Update, Wednesday, August 3: Beyoncé is removing the “Milkshake” tween from “Energy,” after criticism from Kelis. rolling stone reported on August 2 that the “la-la-la” vocals at the end of the song had been removed from Apple Music and Tidal. The song no longer credits Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo on its website. The tween was also removed from the song’s YouTube lyric video, but still appears on some streaming versions. Vulture has reached out to Kelis and Beyoncé for comment.
The original story follows.
Beyoncé’s latest studio album is breaking the internet in more ways than one. Although some artists that the singer decided to sample or pay homage to Renaissance expressed their excitement – Robin S. said she was going to “relax in the moment” when her song “Show Me Love” was interpolated on the lead single, “Break My Soul” – not everyone is not happy to be included. Kelis, known for hits like “Bossy,” publicly criticizes Beyoncé for not being warned that his 2003 song “Milkshake” was used on the Renaissance switch off “Energy”. But the problem goes beyond a single track: Kelis also criticizes Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, with whom she worked on her debut album, for not crediting her to start on the original song, then, almost 20 years later, using it without even telling him.
It all started on July 25, when a Kelis fan page on Instagram announced that Beyoncé would be sampling a Kelis song, breaking the news to Kelis herself. The R&B singer quickly commented on the post, expressing her disbelief, “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all 3 parties involved is staggering. I’ve heard about it the same way Nothing is ever what it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone.
Kelis has since posted two videos on Instagram accusing Beyoncé, Williams and Hugo of not telling her about her song’s tween for the track. Kelis called Williams “little” and that he “does this shit all the time” to spite her. “I have every right to be frustrated,” she said. “Why? Because nobody had the human decency to call and say, ‘Hey, we’d like to use your file. The reason I’m annoyed is because I know it was on purpose. She also claimed that Williams had “scammed” her out of her older music. In a follow-up post, Kelis said that “this whole female empowerment stuff only matters if you really do it if you really live it. and walk like that,” then noted the hypocrisy regarding Williams and music ownership, citing a Variety interview where he defended the rights of artists and the ownership of their work.
“He’s got writing credits on my records, all my singles by coincidence, and he’s never written a song and lyrics a day in his life,” she said, adding, “Chad is really an amoeba, he’s spindly, it’s a miracle he can keep his neck up. This isn’t the first time Kelis has complained about the Neptunes’ treatment of her. In 2020, she revealed to The Guardian that she reportedly made no money from the sales of her first two albums, which were produced by the duo. Speaking about his deal with the duo, Kelis told the UK outlet: “Their argument is, ‘Well, you signed it. I’m like, ‘Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to check it.'”
In a May interview with Vulture’s Craig Jenkins, Hugo dodged Kelis’ early complaints for The Guardian. “I heard about his feeling about it,” he said. “I mean, I don’t handle it. I usually hire business people to help me with this stuff. We made some cool records back then with Kelis.
This post was updated once Renaissance was released that Kelis’ song “Milkshake” was interpolated, not “Get Along With You”, as previously stated.