Beyoncé subtly removed her sample of Kelis’ “Milkshake” from her new song “Energy” after she was later publicly accused of “plagiarism”.
The sample beat no longer appears on Queen Bey’s “Renaissance” album on streaming services, and Kelis’ name has also been omitted from the credits list. Rolling Stone reported,
A representative for Beyoncé did not immediately return Page Six’s request for comment.
Kelis has yet to publicly acknowledge the edit.
The change came just days after Kelis, 42, told people in the music industry that he had “no soul or integrity” in how they treated him.
“I heard about it the same way everyone else did,” she continued. “Nothing is as it seems, some people in this business have no soul or integrity and have fooled everyone.”
When an Instagram user praised the song, saying “the world really needs it,” Kelis shot back, “It’s not a collab it’s a steal.”
Beyoncé’s decision came after she had to go back to the edit bay to remove the word “Spaz” from a different track from her new album, “Renaissance”, claiming it was “able”.
The Grammy winner, 40, sang one of the original verses from “Heated,” “Spazin’ on that ass”, Spaz on that ass.
“Words not used in a deliberately harmful manner will be changed,” Beyoncé’s team said in a statement. Received by Variety,