Kelis has accused Beyoncé of ‘stealing’ her music for her ‘Renaissance’ album, which dropped on July 29.
The ‘Milkshake’ singer has taken to social media and claimed her 2000 song ‘Get Along With You’ was ‘sampled without permission’ on the track ‘Energy’. Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo are credited as writers and producers of this, while Kelis is reportedly not.
Commenting on a fan account for Beyoncé, the artist alleged: “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance all three parties involved is astounding.
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“I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”
When another Beyoncé fan expressed excitement about the song and them ‘working together,’ Kelis claimed: “It’s not a collab it’s theft.”
On Instagram, the 42-year-old continued, saying: “The reality is that my real beef is not ONLY with Beyoncé because, at the end of the day, she sampled a record, she’s copied me before. She’s done this before, so have many other artists. It’s fine, I don’t care about that.
“The issue is that not only are we female artists, okay, Black female artists in an industry [where] there’s not that many of us. We’ve met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not hard. She can contact, right?”
Addressing ‘ignorant’ social media users, she added: “It’s not about me being mad at Beyoncé.”
Referring to her former collaborator, Williams, Kelis claimed: “Pharrell knows better. This is a direct hit at me. He does this all the time, it’s very petty.
“It’s not about me being jealous. Jealous of someone using my song? That’s the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard. Like, grow up.”
The mum-of-two went on to allege that she ‘didn’t earn any money from her first two albums,’ and ‘when I was signed to [Williams], I had the same manager he had, and he has writing credits on my records’.
Continuing, she claimed: “All my singles coincidentally, and he ain’t never written a song, a lyric a day in his life.
“The reality is, all of this female empowerment, it only counts if you really do it. If you’re really living it and walking the walk. Don’t just talk the talk.”
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