Kelis accuses Beyoncé of ‘theft’ over ‘Renaissance’ sample

Kelis accused Beyoncé of “theft” after Queen Bey sampled her 1999 song “Get Along With You” in “Energy.”

The “Milkshake” singer, 42, took to Instagram on Thursday to share her grievances, a day before the release of Beyoncé’s album “Renaissance”.

“My mind is also stunned because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all three parties involved is astonishing,” read a comment from Kelis’ @bountyandfull Instagram account on a fan account’s post.

“I heard about this the same way everyone else does,” she continued. “Nothing is ever what it seems. Some people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone.”

When an Instagram user called the track “the collaboration the world really needs,” Kelis clapped back.

“Some people in this business have no soul or integrity,” Kelis wrote via Instagram.
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“It’s not collaboration, it’s theft,” she wrote, calling the sampling “ridiculous.”

The chef then posted Instagram videos describing her “problems” with Beyoncé, 40, saying she is “prone to [her] s–t” as a musician.

“We’re not just black female performers in an industry where we’re not that much, we’ve met, we know each other, we have mutual friends. It’s not that hard to make contact [me]she said. “It’s just decency…even if you’re going to do it anyway.”

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Kelis noted that she and Beyoncé have met and shared mutual friends.

Kelis clarified that her “real beef” was not with the creator of Ivy Park, claiming that producer Pharrell Williams had “ripped” her the rights to her music.

“Pharell knows better,” she claimed. “This is a direct hit for me. The reality is this is frustrating. I have a right to be frustrated.”

“Renaissance” is Beyoncé’s seventh album.
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After calling the move “passive aggressive, petty” [and] stupid,” Kelis shared a second video with the caption: “There are bullies [sic] and secrets and gangsters in this industry who smile and get away with it until someone says enough is enough. So I say it today. I come for what is mine and I want reparations.”

Fans have shared mixed feelings via Twitter. about the allegations of the former “Pitch Battle” judge.

“She just wanted to be kept informed. I totally understand her outrage,” wrote one social media user, while another added: “Beyoncé would… [have] dropped Kelis’s name. Instead, Bey put Kelis’ name on the sample credits list. … Kelis needs to address her misplaced anger with her former label.”

A third commented that it’s “OK to understand Kelis’ point and still support Beyoncé,” explaining, “I hope a conversation takes place between them. Black queens can have conflicts and also resolve them.”

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ album hit streaming services Friday — though all 16 tracks had leaked online two days earlier.

Vidak For Congress has reached out to representatives for Kelis and Beyoncé for comment.

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