R&B icon Kelis declared “It’s not a collab, it’s theft”, has expressed grave dismay that her song “Get Along With You” was sampled on Beyoncé’s song “Energy”, which appears on Bey’s just-released album “Renaissance” .
The “Milkshake” singer’s problem isn’t money, it’s “the disrespect” of both Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, aka The Neptunes, who produced and wrote the song for her debut album in 1999.
In a couple of videos on her Instagram business account, Kelis explained in detail why she is so upset – the lack of respect, but also the fact that in her version of events it reminds her of how she lost royalties and music rights to her former employees. , which she explained that they continue to license her music without even asking if she minds.
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“I’m human, so I get mad and get ticked off. Agree? I’m an artist, so I’m like Erykah[ze verwijst naar Erykah Badu]said, “I’m sensitive to my s-.” The reality is that my real beef isn’t just with Beyoncé, because at the end of the day she sampled a record, she copied me before, so have a lot of other artists, it’s fine, I don’t care,” said Kelis in the first video.[she’sreferringtoErykahBadu)said’I’msensitiveaboutmys—’TherealityisthatmyrealbeefisnotonlywithBeyoncébecauseattheendofthedayshesampledarecordshe’scopiedmebeforesohavemanyotherartistsit’sfineIdon’tcareaboutthat”Kelissaidinthefirstvideoelissaidinthefirstvideoelissaid[she’sreferringtoErykahBadu)said‘I’msensitiveaboutmys—’TherealityisthatmyrealbeefisnotonlywithBeyoncébecauseattheendofthedayshesampledarecordshe’scopiedmebeforesohavemanyotherartistsit’sfineIdon’tcareaboutthat”Kelissaidinthefirstvideo
“The problem,” she continued, “is that we’re not just female artists, but also black female performers in an industry where there aren’t many of us… We met, we know each other, we have mutual friends. She can come to me, it is not that difficult.”
‘Ashnikko, who’s what, 20? She’s a young white girl, she held out her hand if she wanted, it’s just decency. It’s just decency. Mainly because, as so many of you pointed out – I know what I own and what I don’t own. I also know the lies that were told. I also know the things that have been stolen. Publishing houses were stolen, people were scammed. It happens all the time, especially then. So it’s not about me being mad at Beyoncé.”
“She’s one problem because it was stupid and disrespectful and she should have at least got in touch,” Kelis added before also explaining that she was angry with her former collaborators Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. Hugo, she said, “is an amoeba, he has no spine, it’s a miracle he can hold his neck up.” As for Pharrell, she said he “knows better. This is a direct hit for me. He does these things all the time. It’s very petty.”
She cited the lack of “human decency” on the part of the parties involved because they didn’t just call to ask if she was okay — and accused them of doing so on purpose.
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In her follow-up video, Kelis included a written message: “I just heard the record everyone is saying has my sample. But right now it’s beyond this song. This was a TRIGGER for me. Milkshake alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation I am a creator I am an innovator I have done more than leave my mark on an era of music and style that will go down in history But there are bullies and secrets and mobsters in this industry who smile and get away with it until someone says enough is enough. So I say it today. I’m coming for what’s mine and I want reparations. Peace.”
And in the video itself, she exclaimed “the hypocrisy” of Williams, who she says talks about artist rights but doesn’t really respect them. Check it out here.
We’re huge fans of Kelis, so we leave you with her outstanding 2021 single, “Midnight Snacks.” Meanwhile, “Renaissance” was just released in the United States. Literally about 10 minutes. before this article was published.