Kelis blasts Beyoncé, Pharrell for ‘Renaissance’ sample

Kelis blasts Beyoncé, Pharrell for ‘Renaissance’ sample

Published July 29, 2022
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That’s how Kelis describes the way a sample of her song “Get Along With You” ended up on Beyoncé’s new album, “Renaissance.”On Thursday, the R&B artist put the “Break My Soul” singer and producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo on blast after she learned they used a snippet of her 1999 hit for “Energy,” a song on “Renaissance,” without her knowledge.

“The reality is that it’s frustrating. I have the right to be frustrated,” she said in the first video, just hours before Beyoncé’s new album is set to be released. “Why did no one have the human decency to call and be like ‘Yo, hey, [we] would like to use your record.’

The controversy bubbled up on Monday when a Kelis fan account shared the track list for the album and its sampled artists. Fifth on the list was “Energy,” which credited Kelis and Teena Marie. Kelis, via her official cooking account @bountyandfull, revealed that the post was the first she had heard of the sample.

“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” she wrote in the comments of the fan account’s post. “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.”