Kelis calls out ‘Level of Disrespect’ after her song was sampled on Beyoncé’s Renaissance album

Beyoncethe new album just arrived The road at court – and not the way you think.

The “Milkshake” singer took to social media on July 27 to air his grievances after news broke that “Energy,” a song from Beyoncé’s seventh studio album Renaissancefeatured a snippet from her 1999 single “Get Along With You.” When a Kelis fan page shared a post about the sample on Instagram, the 42-year-old didn’t hold her thoughts in the comments.

“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all 3 parties involved is staggering,” she wrote. “I heard about it the same way everyone else does. Nothing is ever what it seems, some people in this company have no soul or integrity and they’ve fooled everyone.”

The R&B star further claimed, in a separate comment, that she was not told about the sample. After a fan called Beyoncé’s new track a collab, Kelis replied, “It’s not a collab.”

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She added in a third comment, “this is ridiculous.”

Written and directed by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes“Get Along With You” was released as part of Kelis’ 1999 album Kaleidoscope.

The names of the songwriters are credited under “Energy” in a Renaissance tracklist published by Apple Music. E ! News has not independently verified whether “Energy” samples “Get Along With You.”

In Instagram videos shared on July 28, Kelis said Beyoncé “should have at least contacted her” to sample her song. “It’s not about my jealousy. Jealous that someone is using my song? That’s the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” she said. “It has to do with the fact that, from artist to artist, you have to have the decency and the common sense and the courtesy to call.”

She went on to say that she doesn’t consider “Energy” to be a collaboration because “the definition of collaboration means we work together.”

“There’s no working together if you don’t even check to see if everything is okay,” she added. “It is a problem.”

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Kelis’ comments come ahead of the July 29 release of Renaissance, the first part of a three-part project that Beyoncé recorded during the pandemic. The album’s highly anticipated debut single “Break My Soul” also features excerpts from Greater Freedia“Explode” and “Show Me Love” from Robyn S.

In a statement shared on July 28, Beyoncé called the album “a beautiful journey of exploration.”

“I would like to especially thank Rumi, Sir and Blue for giving me space, creativity and inspiration,” she said, referring to her three children with Jay Z. “And a special thank you to my husband and muse, who held me through those late nights in the studio.”

E ! News reached out to representatives for Beyoncé and her label, but did not hear back.

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