Kelis is calling out Beyoncé for using elements of her 2003 megahit “Milkshake” in a song from her new album without crediting her.
Queen Bey’s highly anticipated seventh studio album, “Renaissance,” officially dropped Friday.
However, the drama involving Kelis, 42, started on Thursday, after a fan account named @kelistrends posted on Instagram a throwback photo of Kelis and the “Break My Soul” singer, 40, writing that Queen Bey’s new album would “include a @kelis sample on the song ‘Energy.’”
Using her verified @bountyandfull Instagram account — Kelis’ beauty brand — the Grammy-nominated singer and chef wrote that she was outraged that her song was used without her permission.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she said referring to Beyoncé and The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who are credited as songwriters and producers of “Milkshake.”
“I heard about this the same way everyone else did,” she added. “Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled,” she wrote.
Later, Kelis shared two videos on her @kelis Instagram account going into more details about what she felt disrespected and frustrated “because no one had the human decency to call [her.]”
“I’m an artist, so as Erykah [Badu] said ‘I’m sensitive about my s–t’” Kelis said, speaking directly to the camera.
“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, so have many other artists, it’s fine, I don’t care about that,” she said.
“The issue is that not only are we female artists, Black female artists in an industry [where] there’s not that many of us,” she continued. “We’ve met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not hard. She can contact [me] right?”
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She then mentioned pop singer Ashnikko, who contacted her before sampling Kelis’ “Caught Out There” on her 2021 single “Deal With It.”
“She’s a young white girl, she reached out when she freakin’ like — it’s just common decency,” she said.
In a second video, also shared on Instagram, Kelis slammed the “hypocrisy” of Williams, who recently talked about “artists’ rights” in an interview.
“It’s not a collaboration,” she added. “It’s called thievery because the definition of collaboration means we are working together. There’s no working together if you are not checking in to see if everything’s cool.”
In the caption, Kelis wrote that the incident was a “trigger” for her.
“‘Milkshake’ alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation. I am a creator, I’m an innovator, I have done more than left my mark on an era of music and style that will go down in history,” she wrote.
“But there are bullies 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,” the singer added.