Beyoncé has decided to removed Kelis’ sample from her song “Energy” after the singer went on a now-viral rant calling Queen Bey out for stealing her music.
“I just heard the record everyone is saying has my sample. But it’s beyond this song at this point. This was a TRIGGER for me,” she said.
She continued, “‘MILKSHAKE’ alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation. I am a creator, I’m an innovator, I have done more than left my mark on an era of music and style that will go down in history. But there are bullies and secrets and gangsters in this industry that smile and get away with it until someone says enough is enough. So I’m saying it today. I’m coming for what’s mine and I want reparations.”
On the original copy of the song, Beyoncé can be heard singing a variation of “La-la, la-la, la” which is synonymous with Kelis’ “Milkshake”. Since the rant, Apple and Tidal removed the interpolation of the song.
This isn’t the only problem that Beyoncé ran into during the time of the release of her album, “Renaissance.” Two days before the official release date, the album leaked online. She also came under fire for using the word “spaz” in her song “Heated”, which many people called an ableist slur.
Beyoncé has agreed to also change the word in that song as well. What are your thoughts on this?