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Beyoncé Pulls Kelis ‘Milkshake’ Sample From ‘Energy’ Amid ‘Theft’ Allegations

ByRandall B. Phelps

Aug 3, 2022

Beyonce made another change to their latest album.

Next theft allegations of Kelis about a interpolation of his hit “Milkshake” on Queen B’s new song “Energy”, the sample was removed from the track on Apple Music, Tidal, Spotify and YouTube.

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes are the only credited writers and producers on Kelis’ 2003 track.

While Williams, 49, and Hugo, 48, are credited as co-writers on “Energy,” per GeniusKelis, whose voice does not appear on the Renaissance track, is not.

Representatives for Williams and Beyoncé did not respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

Before the Friday release of RenaissanceKelis, 42, took to Instagram and expressed his anger that he had not been contacted beforehand about the use of the song.

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After a named fan account @kelistrends share a throwback picture of Kelis and Beyoncé, 40, along with a caption mentioning that Renaissance “will include a @kelis sample on the song “Energy”, “the grammys the candidate left a verified comment @bountyandfull account, writing, “It’s not collab, it’s stealing.”

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In follow-up comments, Kelis revealed that she heard about the sample “the same way everyone else does” and said, “The level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all three parties is staggering. “

The musician and conductor said her issue was not with the sample itself, but rather that she had not been contacted about it.

“The problem is we’re not just female artists, okay? Black women in an industry [where] there aren’t that many of us,” she continued. “We’ve met, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not hard. She can contact, right?”

She went on to seemingly refer to fans pointing out that Kelis had no writing or production credits on the song, and added, “I know what I own and what I don’t. I know also the lies that were told. I also know the things that were stolen. The edition was stolen, people were scammed. It happens all the time, especially back then.

Kelis specifically mentioned Williams, saying the “Happy” musician “knows best.”

“It’s a direct hit to me,” she added of her former collaborator, who she says holds writing credits on several of their collaborative works despite not having contributed. to lyrics. “He does this stuff all the time. It’s very petty.”

News of the change comes just days after it was confirmed to PEOPLE that Beyoncé would be change the lyrics of another song on his new album Renaissance after he was called “capable”.

In a statement, a rep for Beyoncé confirmed that the lyrics to her song “Heated,” where she uses the derogatory word “sp-z,” would be changed.

“The word, not intentionally used in a harmful manner, will be replaced,” the statement read.

Beyoncé’s use of the word has been criticized by online disability activists, including attorney Hannah Diveney, who said the use of the word is “able” in a opinion piece in The Guardianas well as the disability charity Sense, which rated on social media that it was “disappointing” to see the star use the word in the first place.