Beyonce has removed an interpolation of Kelis’ hit Milkshake that appeared on her Renaissance album after the artist called her out.
Queen Beyonce’s new album Renaissance has been dealing with loads of controversies, from using an ableist slur to allegedly using Kelis’ song without permission.
A few days after the album’s release, Kelis publicly called out Beyonce for using her song without seeking proper permission.
Kelis’ 2003 hit Milkshake was interpolated in Energy on Renaissance.
The song was originally written by the Neptunes – Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – and both worked with Beyonce as well and received songwriting credits.
Kelis, however, was left off the list.
An angry Kelis called out Beyonce in a lengthy rant.
“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she wrote on Instagram
“I heard about this the same way everyone else did. Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.” Kelis fired.
“Not only are we black female artists in an industry where there’s not that many of us, we’ve met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not that hard to contact [me], It’s just common decency … even if you’re gonna do it anyway,” she added.
Following her rant, Beyonce has removed the interpolation from Energy according to the Hollywood Reporter.
In popular music, interpolation refers to using a melody—or portions of a melody —from a previously recorded song but re-recording the melody instead of sampling it, according to Wikipedia the free encyclopedia.