Kelis Responds to Beyoncé ‘Milkshake’ Removal On ‘Renaissance’

On Instagram, Kelis responded to Beyoncé fans about “Milkshake” being removed as a sample on Renaissance track “Energy.”

Kelis says “nobody cried” about an interpolation from her 2003 track “Milkshake” being removed as a sample on Beyoncé‘s new album Renaissance. After calling for the interpolation to be removed from Renaissance song “Energy”, Beyoncé’s team acted swiftly, causing some BeyHive members lash out on Kelis Rogers shortly thereafter.

On Instagram, Rogers posted a clip showing off her look, however, some commenters decided to unleash on the Tasty singer about “Energy.” In response, Rogers said that she “won,” and called the BeyHive “a joke.”

Another commenter brought up BIA interpolating “Milkshake” in 2021 song “Can’t Touch This,” to which Rogers answered: “like I’ve said, it’s all a problem. Every single time. But this was personal on many levels which people don’t understand and I didn’t care to go further into. But yes. It is all a problem that I am going to fix .”

When another Beyoncé fan commented, “Why can’t we as sisters ever settle anything behind closed doors without giving others the satisfaction of making it look like a feud? I’m so curious to know and understand.” Kelis responded, “it’s bigger then [sic] that.”

When another commenter said Rogers “flopped” after leaving Star Trak Entertainment – helmed by co-founders Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – Rogers laughed off the insinuation that she should be “grateful” to the duo.

Rogers wrote, “that’s funny cause right after I left them I did bossy and many of my biggest songs were not Neptune produced. And I never said they weren’t talented . I said they are bad people. And further more I made them as much as they made me. Do your homework dumb dumb.”

Although Williams and Hugo have yet to respond to Rogers directly, this isn’t the first time she’s spoken out against them. In a 2020 interview with The Guardian, she said she never made profit off her 1999 album Kaleidoscope or 2001’s Wanderland.

“I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do,” Kelis said. “Their argument is: ‘Well, you signed it.’ I’m like: ‘Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to double-check it.’”

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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