As rolling out reported previously, Kelis went on a scorched-earth policy against Beyoncé and producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo on Thursday, July 28, 2022, when Queen Bey’s album Renaissance dropped. Portions of the song “Milkshake” had been used in the Beyoncé single “Energy.” The song was reportedly “interpolated,” meaning that the song was altered to fit Beyoncé’s song, according to Billboard magazine.
When Kelis got wind of it, she went volcanic on Bey, calling her a hypocrite who “has no soul” because she sings about women’s empowerment yet allegedly stole from Kelis. She also went off on the producers Williams and Hugo, saying that they’ve jacked her before by taking the writing and producing credits of the song from her.
So when a fan excitedly said to Kelis that she liked the collaboration between Kelis and Beyoncé, Kelis said on Instagram that “It’s not a collab, it’s theft.”
Kelis then used another post to put Queen Bey on full blast.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” Kelis wrote to her nearly 1 million IG followers. “Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity, and they have everyone fooled.”
It has been a rewarding and embarrassing week for Beyoncé. Not only did Bey have to go back and do post-release modifications of the “Energy” song, she also announced that she would remove the word “spaz” from the single “Heated” after the backlash from detractors who claim the word is an ableist slur.
Detroit singer Lizzo was also shamed into removing the word “spaz” from her cut “Grrrls” last month.