Update as of 8/4/2022 at 10:30 am ET: Kelis has responded to the interpolation of her hit song “Milkshake” being cut from Beyonce’s Renaissance album. Thanks to fans who started commenting on Instagram, Kelis is apparently very appreciative of the removal, but she’s unmoved.
“Are you happy Beyonce took that swatch off you cry baby?” one Instagram user asked according to Hollywood unlocked. Kelis replied, “Yeah actually I am, lol no one cried.”
When another user said, “TBH I just wish I was on the album,” Kelis wrote, “And that’s why it’s you and thank god it’s me lol.”
The original story follows below.
In the past week, we told you on how “Bossy” singer Kelis called Beyonce and former music manager Pharrell Williams for interpolating his 2003 hit song “Milkshake” into Just released from Bey Renaissance album without your knowledge. Now, it appears all of that fuss was for naught, as Beyoncé removed the use of the song from the album in its entirety.
By Billboard, the use of the song appeared on the album’s fifth song, “Energy”, and has now been removed on both Tidal and Apple Music. The move was subsequently met with much fanfare online, with many applauding the “Black Parade” singer for scrapping it altogether. so as not to continue feeding any drama.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Queen Bey has post-audited the album since its release last Friday. What previously informed by The rootAfter receiving backlash for her song “Heated,” which included the word “spaz” and was quickly met with scorn from disability advocates who claimed the lyrics were “offensive and capable,” the artist multiple Grammy Award winner later confirmed in a statement. that she would be replaced.
And while community members raised a valid point, someone else decided to jump on the bandwagon in an attempt to get Bey to remove or change the lyrics to a different song he released nearly 10 years ago. What electronic noteson Tuesday, Monica Lewisnky (yes, that Monica Lewinksy) sent out a tweet that apparently suggested she wanted her name replaced on Beyonce’s 2013 hit song “Partition.”
The particular line in the song, Bey refers to a man who “Monica Lewisnky put everything on my dress”. However, people online were quick to call out his hypocrisy, noting that he has a “rap song muse” in his Twitter bio, while others cited a 2014 Vanity Fair article in which he thanked Beyoncé for include it in the song, but joked about how it was used incorrectly.
“Miley Cyrus references me in her twerking act, Eminem raps about me and Beyoncé’s latest hit salutes me. Thank you, Beyonce. an excerpt from the article read. “But if we’re verbalizing, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton put everything on my dress,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky.'”
He later clarified that at the time he was using humor to deal with “painful or humiliating things” as he usually does, and that he had not “directly” approached Beyoncé’s camp to officially change the lyrics.
Monica aside, though, if artists are going to start releasing their albums because of some people’s disdain for them, whether justified or not, they need to be very careful of the slippery slope they may end up embarking on if this becomes in a precedent. Any person, brand or entity could cause an uproar in an attempt to change the lyrics and you shouldn’t have to tell them how dangerously close censorship is if that kind of thinking and action is enacted by the wrong party.
What do you think? Should Beyoncé Delete Kelis’ Sample? Should she change her lyrics from 2013 to her and edit Monica’s name? Let’s talk about it in the comments!