Even though her song is no longer part of Beyoncé’s song Renaissance album, Kelis had a few more things to say about it. After Bey pulled the tween to Kelis’ 2003 hit “Milkshake” from “Heated” following Kelis’ public complaints that she wasn’t properly credited, the battle appeared over.
But on Wednesday (August 3), after Kelis posted a series of snaps of her new outfit on Instagram with the caption, “Born in the heat of summer. I am my own validation. To all my beautiful AUGUSTANS, good morning,” followed a series of self-care emoji, and things got heated again.
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While Beyoncé deleted the tween without comment this week, the BeyHive apparently had a lot to say, with “Yonce’s fans diving into the comments on Kelis’ post to tell the singer how they felt about the dust”. “@kelis now back in the ghetto, there you go! Bey ripped off that sample and now you won’t get any checks. Now keep the queens out of your muff! read an impassioned response, while another person commented, “Are you a happy girl? Now you are irrelevant again.
The mean words led one commenter to suggest that Beyoncé’s followers are “depressed and sad”, which drew a very pointed retort from Kelis: “they’re a joke”. And when someone else called Bey’s devoted fans “utterly insane” and said “I’ve never seen people go so hard for someone they’ve never met or personally known,” Kelis replied, “There is worship written everywhere.”
The insults included that of a commenter who called Kelis a ‘baby cryer’ and wondered if she was happy now that the offending ‘la la la la la’ track has been removed, Kelis replied: “Yeah, I actually am.lol no one cried.
When a commenter misstated her age – they claimed she was 57, when in fact she will be 42 on August 21 – Kelis said: ‘lol if I’m 57 then I look amazing and your idiot should be more concerned about why i look so amazing instead of such a miserable sheep lol. Never one to hold her tongue, Kelis – who also responded with kind words to fans who praised her – wrote: “lol yeah I said the right thing. #iwin,” after a BeyHiver said, “Beyoncé just did it right. Cut yourself. More drama.
There were a lot more back and forths on the Renaissance track and controversy, which began after the album was released last week with the tween. The track “Milkshake” was credited in the liner notes to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes production team, credited as writers and producers of the original Kelis album track.
Although Kelis is only credited as a vocalist on this song, she took photos of her former collaborators in a series of Instagram videos in which she said, “The reality is my real beef isn’t just with Beyoncé because that, at the end of the day, she sampled a record, she already copied me. She has done it before, as have many other artists. It’s okay, I don’t care. »
Mostly, it seems, Kelis was angry that Bey, or his team, hadn’t contacted her to let her know about the tween, especially since “we met, we know each other, we we have mutual friends. It’s not hard. She can contact, right? But her real anger was aimed at Williams and Hugo, who she said had often “stolen” the release of tracks they worked on together early in her career.
And it wasn’t the first time Kelis called out his former collaborators, who produced his debut album in 1999. Kaleidoscope and 2003 wandering country, which contained “Milkshake”. Due to being “deceived and blatantly lied” to sign contracts based on “what I was told”, Kelis told the The Guardian in 2020 that she is not making any money with her debut or wandering country.
Talk to Billboard the day after Renaissance‘s, a copyright expert says Kelis has no legal status because she wasn’t credited as a songwriter on the track, meaning she wouldn’t co-own the right copyright of the edit and therefore would have the right to approve or deny the use of it on Bey’s track.
“To file a copyright claim, you have to own a copyright,” said Joseph Fishman, a professor at Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville and a national music law expert. Billboard. “If Kelis doesn’t own the copyright to the song, she has no rights.”
Spokespersons for Kelis, Beyoncé and Williams did not return multiple requests for Billboard to comment on the controversy.
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