A celebrity feud is heating up after singer Kelis launched a series of Instagram rants targeting Beyoncé and Pharrell Williams, calling Bey “disrespectful” and a thief.
Even before Beyoncé’s novella Renaissance album released, the star was already struggling with leaks, and it all started after a Instagram fan account began releasing track details.
The story featured one of the new songs, “Energy,” which samples the Neptunes-produced song “Get Along With You,” from Kelis’ 1999 debut album.
Use your celebrity chef account @bountyandfull, Kelis took to the comments section. “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all 3 parties involved is staggering,” she wrote.
“I heard about it the same way everyone else does. Nothing is ever what it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have fooled everyone.
In response to another comment, Kelis wrote, “This is not collab, this is stealing.” When another user wrote, “I’ve always felt like Beyonce really admires (sic) Kelis,” she replied, “admiring isn’t the word.”
Then, taking to her own Instagram account, Kelis posted two videos slamming the stars.
“I said what I said, because it’s the truth,” writes Kelis, who recently lost her husband, Mike Mora, to cancer.
“You don’t have to like it or agree with it. The facts are the facts. If you’re a sheep, keep moving, this conversation will be over your head. I didn’t ask for it, but I’m not afraid of it either.
In the videos, Kelis says she’s “an artist and sensitive to my shit.”
“The reality is my real beef isn’t just with Beyoncé because at the end of the day she sampled a record, she copied me before…that’s good.
“The problem is, not only are we black female artists in an industry where there aren’t many of us,” but she and Beyoncé “met each other, we know each other, we have mutual friends, it’s not not difficult, she can contact , right? It’s just decency, mostly because… I know what I have and what I don’t.
“I also know the lies that were told, I know the things that were stolen,” she says cryptically.
“It’s not about me being mad at Beyonce. She’s a problem because it was stupid and disrespectful, and she should have at least reached out.
Kelis then lashes out at Pharrell, claiming that he deliberately sampled her track without asking her and that it was a “direct hit on me”.
“He does this stuff all the time, it’s very petty,” she says.
“I have the right to be frustrated.”
In another caption from the video, she wrote, “I just heard the record that everyone says has my sample. But that’s beyond this song at this point. It was a TRIGGER for me. Milkshake alone is one of the most licensed records of our generation. I’m a creator, I’m an innovator, I did more than (sic) mark an era of music and style that will go down in history. But 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. Peace.”
She again goes after Beyoncé and Pharrell for “a lot of hypocrisy and a lot of nonsense”, citing a previous interview in which Pharrell spoke about artists’ rights and recognition.
“He wrote credits on my records, all my singles by coincidence, and he never wrote a song, a lyric a day in his life.”
Of Beyoncé, Kelis says, “everything she sings about, all of the empowerment…all that female empowerment stuff only matters if you really do it. If you really live it and step into it.”
Kelis then sings a line from Pharrell’s song “Happy”.
“I would be happy too if I stole publishing and song rights and all kinds of things. In fact, I wouldn’t be happy because it’s wrong.
“There’s a lot of hypocrisy out there and someone needs to talk about it and talk about it, I just happened to be thrown into it, it’s not like I was looking for it.”
She calls Beyoncé’s runway theft and says, “I would never do that to another artist. Something has to be done about it, it happens to a lot of artists and it happens all the time. I try to be myself and stay out of drama.
Her posts have been liked by famous faces such as Heidi Klum and Deborah Cox.
No response from Beyoncé or Pharrell yet.