Beyonce Removes ‘Milkshake’ Interpolation From New Track After Criticism From Kelis – NBCNEWS

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By Chris Cooke | Published on Wednesday, August 3, 2022

A new version of the new Beyonce song “Energy” has appeared on some streaming services, removing an element borrowed from the Kelis hit “Milkshake.” The rework follows criticism from Kelis last week, who said she didn’t know that a song on Beyonce’s new album “Renaissance” would contain an interpolation of her song, even though the writers and producers of “Milkshake” had apparently signed it. the number. inclusion.

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Kelis recorded ‘Milkshake’ with her frequent early collaborators The Neptunes – aka Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – for her third album, 2003’s ‘Tasty’, which was also released by the production duo’s label.

She has criticized Williams and Hugo before, accusing them of backtracking on commitments regarding who would be credited and share in the copyright of the songs they made together. Many of those songs, including “Milkshake,” only mention Williams and Hugo as writers.

Williams and Hugo were also listed as co-writers on Beyonce’s song “Energy,” suggesting they approved the inclusion of an element of “Milkshake” in the new song. However, in several social media posts last week, Kelis made it very clear that she had not been consulted.

And while her grievances about the “Milkshake” element of “Energy” were really part of her ongoing feud with Williams and Hugo, she also criticized Beyonce herself for not contacting the interpolation.

Among other things, she stated: “It’s not about me being mad at Beyonce – she’s a problem because it was stupid and disrespectful, she could have at least contacted her – but the real problem is that … this is a direct hit on me, Pharrell does this all the time… and the reality is it’s frustrating, I have a right to be frustrated”.

Presumably in response to that, a sneaky edit of “Energy” has now been made with the “Milkshake” interpolation removed, with that new version of the song appearing on several streaming services, including Apple Music and Tidal.

It is actually the second edit Beyonce has made after the release of her new album. She also posted a new version of the song “Heated” which removed the line “spazzing on that ass, spaz on that ass”.

While “spaz” is an American slang word meaning “to go mad”—which was the meaning intended in the original “Heated” text—a number of disability charities pointed out that the word also has a history of use—especially in the UK – as an insulting slur against people with spastic diplegia, a form of cerebral palsy.

Beyonce clearly had no intention of using the word in its offensive form, given that Lizzo also had to change a lyrics earlier this year after using the same slang word in one of her songs, you might think someone on Beyonce’s team said that before. the release. But maybe they were too busy not to call Kelis to let her know about the ‘Milkshake’ interpolation.

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