Beyoncé Removes Kelis Sample From ‘Energy’, Monica Lewinsky Requests Next Change

Beyoncé reportedly deleted Kelis’ two samples from her new song “Energy,” which appears on the all-new Renaissance. “Energy” originally featured samples from Kelis’ 1999 track “Get Along With You” and 2003’s “Milkshake”. RenaissanceKelis clarified that she didn’t authorize the use of either sample, calling out Neptunes producers Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, who co-wrote “Energy” and wrote and executive produced both. Kelis songs.

“My mind is also blown because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all 3 parties involved is staggering,” Kelis posted on Instagram. She later added in a video, “Chad is really like an amoeba, he’s spineless. It’s a miracle he can hold his head high, but Pharrell knows better. It’s a direct hit for me, he does this stuff all the time. It’s very petty – very, very, very – and the reality is that it’s frustrating.

Now, it looks like both samples are currently down on streaming platforms, with varying degrees of success.

It comes a day after Beyoncé agreed to change the lyrics to “Heated,” which was met with backlash for using an ability slur. A rep for Beyoncé confirmed yesterday that the lyrics would be removed from “Heated,” writing, “The word, not intentionally used in a harmful manner, will be replaced.”

Meanwhile, Monica Lewinsky also got wind of the abelistic lyrical change and tweeted a request for Beyoncé to consider adjusting a lyric in her 2013 song “Partition,” which features the words “He Monica Lewinsky-ed all on my gown”. When asked if she had ever reached out to Beyoncé’s team about “Partition,” Lewinsky replied, “No, I haven’t. I mentioned it in the first Vanity Fair article. which I wrote in 2014… which was the first public thing I had done in 10 years. but you bring up an interesting/fair point…”

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