Kelis took to the streets of social media and she was hot as the avocado oil she cooks with when she blasted Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Beyoncé over their “disrespect, hypocrisy, and utter ignorance.”
The lioness’ mane became ruffled when she learned Beyoncé sampled one of her songs on her forthcoming album, Renaissance, which is slated to drop at midnight on Friday (July 29).
Kelis is upset because she learned about the sample at the very same time the public did because Beyoncé didn’t reach out to her to have a conversation about it.
When one of her fan pages expressed their excitement about her music being sampled, she responded through her official chef page writing, “My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding.”
“I heard about this the same way everyone else did,” she added. “Nothing is ever as it seems, some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they have everyone fooled.”
See Kelis’ original comment below.
Her response prompted quite a bit of social media reactions to the point of her trending all afternoon.
Many folks feel like Kelis’ anger and frustration is misdirected because Beyoncé gave her the courtesy of crediting her on “Energy” when Kelis isn’t even properly credited on her own music as a result of the way Pharrell Williams did business with her.
Read a few tweets below.
With her skin flourishing and her curls popping, Kelis took to the streets of Instagram to get a few things off of her chest.
Let me tell you…she didn’t mince words or beat around the bush with subliminals like most celebrities do when they have issues with someone.
The caption on the video read:
Kelis called out Beyoncé for not having the “common decency” to reach out to her before sampling her music.
“It was stupid and disrespectful and she should have at least reached out,” she said in the Instagram video.
Then, she laid into Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (better known as the Neptunes) saying, “The reason why I’m annoyed is because I know it was on purpose. This is not like some ‘oh they were in the studio’…No!”
“This was an on-purpose direct hit. Which is very passive-aggressive. It’s very petty. It’s very stupid,” she added.
She also addressed those who are saying she’s jealous of Beyoncé.
“Jealous of someone using my song? That’s the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard,” Kelis said.
The caption on her second video read:
In a second video, the singer and chef addressed the hypocrisy of it all saying:
There’s a lot of hypocrisy and there’s a lot of nonsense. So, we’ve got Pharrell who did an interview, I think last year talking about artist’s rights and how people should be able to rework their deals…they should be getting credit for what they’ve done and all this stuff.
Where in reality when I was signed to him, I had the same manager that he had – and he has writing credits on my records – all my singles coincidentally and he ain’t never wrote a song or a lyric a day in his life! Okay?! So, yeah, that’s a problem.
Number two, we’ve got Beyoncé, who like I’ve said out of human decency and artistry and all of the stuff she sings about all of this empowerment and stuff – I don’t talk about it…I am about it.
The reality is all of this female empowerment stuff only counts if you really do it. If you’re really living it and walking the walk! Don’t just talk the talk. It’s real cute and fun to sing all of these girls songs. C’mon now?! Let’s be real, alright?
Thirdly, you want to talk about Pharrell talking about… cause I’m happy…I’d be happy too if I was stealing all kinds of folks’ publishing and rights to songs and all kinds of stuff!
Actually, I wouldn’t be happy because that’s evil.
See both videos below.
What are your thoughts on the situation?
Do you feel Kelis has a right to be upset or is this case of misdirected anger?