Kelis Calls Out Pharrell & Beyonce Over “Disrespectful” Sample+Shares New Video Clapping Back: “I Have The Right To Be Frustrated, I Wasn’t Thinking About Beyonce, Pharrell Did This On Purpose” [Video]

Posted July 28, 2022

Kelis said in 1999 that she just wanted to ‘Get Along With You’ on her second single.

Fast forward to 2022, that’s not the case right now between her and former friend/producer, Pharrell Williams.

Kelis previously spoke in 2020 about her issues with Pharrell and his producing partner, Chad Hugo— better known collectively as The Neptunes.

Kelis revealed in an interview with ‘The Guardian’ that the producing partners swindled her out of her writing credits and publishing for her first two albums ‘Kaleidoscope’ and ‘Wanderland’ unbeknownst to her.

“I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do,” Kelis told The Guardian, claiming she was “blatently lied to and tricked” in the process.

Kelis identifies “the Neptunes and their management and their lawyers” as the people responsible for her not seeing any of the profits from the sales of either Kaleidoscope or Wanderland. “Their argument is: ‘Well, you signed [the contracts].’ I’m like: ‘Yeah, I signed what I was told, and I was too young and too stupid to double-check it.’”

Despite never having previously spoken publicly about the allegations, Kelis says they’ve been on her mind for years. She recounts an occasion “a few years back” when Pharrell acknowledged her from the stage with a nod during a performance: “I’m like, OK, I’m not going to yell back: ‘You stole all my publishing!’ So you end up nodding back and everyone thinks everything’s great.”


Now the messiness has carried over to 2022, as Kelis just found out that one of her songs (initially presumed to be ‘Get Along With You’) had been sampled for a song titled ‘Energy‘ on Beyonce‘s new album ‘Renaissance‘ that dropped on Friday. It was later confirmed that the song that was sampled was actually her hit single ‘Milkshake.’

According to Kelis, she was not aware and only found out once fans began tagging her on social media once the album’s song credits hit the net. She addressed the matter from her Bounty and Full business page on Instagram.

As expected, social media is on fire over the matter and debating whether Kelis has the right to be upset.

Kelis took to her personal IG page to address the matter and her issues with Pharrell, and Bey head-on!

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Following a weekend filled with backlash aimed at Kelis, Beyonce officially removed the sample and credits from her album on Tuesday. You can stream Bey’s new album HERE!

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