If there is a rule on the Internet, it is Don’t push the Beyhive (closely followed by Don’t incite the Barbz). Unfortunately, Diane Warren was unaware of this golden rule – or perhaps, in her hubris, she simply chose to ignore it – and she certainly felt the full force of the displeasure. by Beyoncé Stans after commenting on the number of writers credited on Renaissance.
Warren, a prolific songwriter with 32 top ten Billboard knock on his name, didn’t call Beyoncé name. However, fans correctly assumed she was referring to the singer (and specifically her new track “Alien Superstar”) when Warren tweeted Monday, “How can there be 24 writers on a song?” Warren added a pointed eye roll at the end of her tweet, though she was quick to add, “It’s not a shadow, I’m just curious.”
After sorting through the immediate deluge of angry fans, Warren was able to satiate her professional curiosity – “Okay, these are evidence samples that add the amount [sic] Writers [sic]she tweeted, asking the question: how does an industry veteran like Warren not understand sampling? – but not before being taken to task by a frequent collaborator of Beyoncé and Renaissance donor The dream.
“You mean how did our (black) culture have so many writers, well it started because we couldn’t afford certain things initially so we started sampling and it became a art form, an important part of black (hip hop) culture in America. If that time hadn’t arrived, who knows. Are you okay?” He replied in a tweet, to add in a second, “By the way, I know this isn’t a one-on-one writing contest you’re looking for from anyone here……you don’t want that smoke And you know that I love you, but come on, stop acting like your records haven’t been sampled.
While The Dream’s response certainly got its own backlash — not everyone was sure how accurate his history lesson was — his spiel certainly humiliated Warren. She replied, “I didn’t mean that as an attack or disrespect. I didn’t know that, thanks for letting me know. No need to be mean with that.
She additionally job“Okay, I meant no disrespect to @Beyonce, who I have worked with and admire. I’m sorry for the misunderstanding. Truth be told, there doesn’t seem to have been much of a misunderstanding – Warren never denied that her comments were about Beyoncé (her collaboration with whom she recently considered a “favorite” of her career). And that damning eye-rolling emoji suggests there was at least some degree of shadow cast. In any case, Warren has probably learned her lesson about the wrath of Beyoncé’s stans.