Kelis Explains Her Beef With Beyoncé Over “Energy” Song Using Her Sample

Kelis is not happy!  Just a day after the world found out that the singer was being sampled on Beyoncé’s new album, Renaissance: Act 1, on a song titled, “Energy,” Kelis revealed that she found out the same way.  Kelis explained her Beyoncé beef and her beef over the “Energy” sample in a series of social media posts.

“Energy” samples Kelis’ “Get Along With You.”  However, Kelis notably does not own her masters, they are owned by The Neptunes, (Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) her producers at the time.

Kelis explains her Beyoncé beef:

Kelis also shared this video with even more poignant shots at Pharrell.  She even says, “this really isn’t about Beyoncé.” But she does call out the singer, basically saying she is a hypocrite and that she is a thief.


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She included this caption:
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 . Peace .

Listen to Kelis’ “Get Along With You”

Listen to Beyoncé’s “Energy”

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