Following word that Beyoncé removed an interpolation of Kelis’ 2003 hit “Milkshake” from her new song “Energy,” the latter has addressed Bey’s decision on social media.
Kelis confronted various Beyhive trolls and responded to her own supporters within a day of the news about the Renaissance track’s update, having previously spoken out about not being contacted during the writing process.
“You happy Beyoncé took that sample off?? 🐝🐝🐝 Cry baby,” one Instagram user commented on a Kelis post unrelated to the matter.
“Yes I am actually. lol nobody cried,” the Harlem native responded.
After another person said Kelis should have “just been happy to be on the album,” she clapped back, “And that’s why you are you and Thank God I am me lol.” Elsewhere she said she “won” and “only a moron wouldn’t understand that.”
See those responses and more below.
After the interactions on that post, Kelis moved on to show her 920,000 followers she’s having nothing but a good time currently:
The original version of “Energy” featured Beyoncé singing a variation of the iconic “la-la, la-la, la” that Kelis croons on the pre-chorus of her 2003 Neptunes-produced hit. The singer took to Instagram hours before the release of Renaissance to call out Bey for not informing her.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” Kelis wrote. “Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity, and they have everyone fooled.”
She subsequently hopped on Instagram to address the situation, writing, “I just heard the record everyone is saying has my sample. But it’s beyond this song at this point. This was a TRIGGER for me. ‘Milkshake’ alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation. I am a creator, I’m an innovator, I have done more then left my mark on an era of music and style that will go down in history. But there are bully’s and secrets and gangsters in this industry that smile and get away with it until someone says enough is enough. So I’m saying it today . I’m coming for what’s mine and I want reparations.”