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Despite facing recent criticism over the use of the controversial word “spaz” in track 11 titled “Heated’, of her latest album, “Renaissance,” Beyoncé seemingly can’t catch a break. Musical artist Kelis and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky are the latest public figures taking swipes at Queen Bey because of her lyrics.
Kelis, famous for the chart-topping single, “Milkshake” – which appeared at number 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in December 2003 – came for Beyoncé in an Instagram video post accusing her of thievery for using lyrics she sang on “Milkshake.”
“I was thrown into this,” Kelis said. “I was actually, last night, I was posting on my bounty and full page, just doing my own thing. And then I saw one of my fan pages. And someone was like, Oh, that’s a collaboration, collaboration, between Bey and Kelis. No, it’s not a collaboration. It’s called thievery.”
It’s clear that Kelis didn’t mind bringing all the smoke.
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“The definition of collaboration, it means that we are working together. There’s no working together if you are not even checking to see if everything’s cool. That’s a problem. Okay! I would never do that to another artist, for real. I never have; I never would. Why? Because what’s the point?” the artist stated.
“Kelis also seemingly accuses Bey of not living out her women-empowering lyrics.”
“This is more about the fact that like, there’s a lot of hypocrisy and there’s a lot of nonsense,” adding, “we’ve got Beyonce, who, like I said, out of human decency and artistry and female, just all of this stuff. She sings about all this empowerment stuff.”
“I don’t talk about it. I am about it,” Kelis stressed.
“Okay? So the reality is all of this female empowerment. It only counts if you really do it. If you’re really living it and walking the walk. Don’t just talk the talk. Seeing all these girl songs. Come on now! Let’s be real! Alright?” Kelis verbally stressed.
Kelis also took shots at music producers Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams, spilling all the tea.
“He has writing credits on my records – all my singles, coincidentally, and he has never wrote a song or lyric a day in his life.” Nevertheless, musical producers Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams are credited as writing Milkshake.
The Milkshake sample, “La-la-la-la-la,” is the latest to be removed from Beyoncé’s new album.
In 2020, Kelis informed The Guardian that she no longer had any rights to her early music and that she was only able to make money from touring her first albums.
As if “spaz” and “La-la-la-la-la-la” weren’t enough, the Monica Lewinsky reference in “Partition” has the real Monica Lewinsky triggered. Notably, “Partition” isn’t in the Renaissance album.
Nevertheless, the former White House intern, who was involved in the Bill Clinton scandal, tweeted, “uhmm, while we’re at it…#Partition,” which included a shared Variety article referencing, “Beyoncé to Remove Renaissance Lyric After Outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety.”
We all know that Renaissance, as well as Bey, will stand the test of time.
uhmm, while we’re at it… #Partition
Beyoncé to Remove Renaissance Lyric After Outrage: Ableist, Offensive – Variety https://t.co/DzN80FdzPB
— Monica Lewinsky (she/her) (@MonicaLewinsky) August 1, 2022