Beyoncé takes the “Milkshake” sample from “Renaissance,” and Kelis responds.
The “Milkshake” singer voiced her joy over the removal of her 2003 single, which was featured on “Energy,” in her response to a string of comments made by the BeyHive on her Instagram page.
“Are you pleased that Beyoncé removed that sample? One admirer exclaimed, “Cry baby,” to which Kelis replied, “Yes, I am actually. LOL No one wept.
“Tbh I would have just been glad to be on the record,” another admirer remarked. And that’s why you are you, and Thank God I am me, lol, Kelis clapped back.
The expert chef smiled when someone said she could “go back to BBQ sauce,” exclaiming, “Oh sure lol #winning.”
Just days after Kelis criticised Beyoncé for not telling her about the sample, a new version of “Energy” sans the “Milkshake” interpolation was published to Spotify and TIDAL.
Kelis called it an act of “stealing” and stated, “My mind is blown too since the amount of disrespect and sheer ignorance of all 3 parties involved is stunning.”
The producers of “Milkshake,” Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, who were given credit for Bey’s “Energy” sample, have since been discredited. A supporter noted that by getting rid of Pharrell and Chad, Kelis may have achieved her goal of ensuring that no one would be compensated for the sample.
“Well, it did change things. One individual posted, “Pharrell’s credit is gone = no more coins from that song,” to which Kelis replied, “Perfect.”
The Neptunes and Kelis’ relationship has been rocky. Her first two albums, Kaleidoscope and Wanderland, were the subject of prior accusations that Pharrell and Chad had stolen the sales and publishing rights.