Kelis’ beef isn’t with Beyoncé, it’s with the music industry itself

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 24: Kelis onstage during the 2nd Annual Hollywood Unlocked Impact Awards at The Beverly Hilton on June 24, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Prince Williams/Getty Images) Getty Images

Act 1 of Beyonce’s new album RENAISSANCE was released last night at midnight, with fans rejoicing and listening together, many noticed a familiar sound on track 5, called ‘ENERGY’ – it used the same interpolation of the 1999 Kelis track ‘Get Along With You,’ where Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes are the only credited authors and producers. They are credited as co-writers on “ENERGY”.

Fans were thrilled and happily tagged Kelis on social platforms. Kelis was less than enthusiastic, as she hadn’t been told about the sampling before the record was posted online. She learned about the sample “the same way everyone else does”, adding in an Instagram comment that “the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all three parties is staggering”.

The singer addressed the comments in more detail in two videos on Instagram, in what some are calling a “rant,” but more accurately are pithy, intelligent and frustrated comments about the predatory nature of the music industry. herself.

“The reality is that my real beef isn’t just with Beyoncé, because at the end of the day, she sampled a record. She’s copied me before, and a lot of other artists, it’s okay, I I don’t care about that… The problem is that not only are we female artists, okay? [where] there are not that many of us,” she continued. “We met, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not hard. She can contact, right? »

When fans defended the use of the sample, pointing out that Williams and Hugo were credited on “Get Along With You”, Kelis retorted, “I know what I own and what I don’t. I also know 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. So it’s not to About me being crazy about Beyoncé.

Fans also erroneously claimed that Kelis had been mad at Beyonce since 2006, claiming a lyric from Kelis’ “Bossy” was a response to “Ring the Alarm,” but many were quick to point out that the songs’ release didn’t hadn’t it doesn’t match the story.

With many conversations in recent years surrounding artists’ right to own their masters, ranging from Taylor Swift’s well-publicized anger and subsequent re-recording of her original records, to Rihanna owning her masters, Prince’s long-running feud with Warner Bros when he was alive, and Beatles fans see that Kelis has a point about frustration with an industry and annoyance about what’s considered polite.

RENAISSANCE by Beyonce is now available to stream on all platforms, as well as Kelis’ catalog.

Kelis' beef isn't with Beyoncé, it's with the music industry itself

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