Beyonce comes with some new “energy” after Kelis aired out her frustrations when she learned Bey used a sample of her work on her new album, Renaissance. There was also backlash from the disabled community over an offensive lyric on her song “Heated.” Deets inside…
Welp. That was handled.
The “Milkshake” singer made it clear she was not informed, nor did she grant “permission” for a sample/interpolation of her 2003 single “Milkshake” to be used for Bey’s new track “Energy.” She posted several videos airing out her frustrations, mostly directed towards producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. However, Bey was also shaded during her rants.
Beyoncé has removed Kelis’ sample from her new song “ENERGY”.
The sampled beat no longer appears on streaming services, and her credits have been removed.
— TheYoncéHub (@yoncecapital) August 2, 2022
Days after Kelis’ online rants, Bey reportedly removed the controversial sampling from some music streaming services. Per Rolling Stone, the interpolation is no longer heard on Apple Music and Tidal. According to Buzzfeed, the YouTube lyric video still includes the sample.
Music industry vet Naima Cochrane tweeted the drum interpolation still appears on the track, while a vocal section that some fans incorrectly attributed to Kelis has been removed.
Annnnd worth noting (bc outlets aren’t being clear), all Beyonce removed today was the "La la la’s" at the end of Energy bc Y’ALLLLLLLLL were busy debating about whether that was a Kelis sample (it wasn’t). The drum interpolation is still there.
— Naima Cochrane (@naima) August 2, 2022
In a series of IG videos, Kelis shared she was upset because she felt Bey “should have at least reached out” to her about sampling the song on her new album. While Bey didn’t necessarily have to give her heads up since Pharrell and Chad owns the song, Kelis felt that Bey could have called her up to let her know since she’s always encouraging "women empowerment."
”It’s not about me being jealous. Jealous of someone using my song? That’s the dumbest, most ignorant thing I’ve ever heard," she said. "It has to do with the fact that, from one artist to another, you should have the decency and common sense and the courtesy to call."
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“My mind is blown too because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance of all 3 parties involved is astounding,” Kelis continued. “Chad really is like an amoeba, he’s spineless. It’s a miracle he can keep his neck up, but Pharrell knows better. This is a direct hit at me, he does this stuff all the time. It’s very petty — very, very, very — and the reality is that it’s frustrating.”
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Amid the controversy, “Not Beyonce” has hilariously been trending:
not Beyoncé saying “ima give you something to cry about”
— tonya (@tawnjayy) August 2, 2022
not beyonce woke up this morning and said “ok. bet” pic.twitter.com/N8M4UqjGQN
— Taylor’s Hex (@KneeCNastee) August 2, 2022
Not Beyoncé snatched that shit right off that muthafuckin album pic.twitter.com/6jAHenWsRq
— unique (@terrrryjr) August 2, 2022
That’s not the only update Bey made to her dance-heavy seventh studio album…
Beyonce has removed the “Heated” Lyric Video on YouTube due to backlash from the word “Spaz” for those with disabilities. The video is currently being edited to replace the word. #heated #RENAISSANCE pic.twitter.com/GnNABcu7EU
— Beyhiveontherun (@Beyhiveontherun) August 1, 2022
Mrs. Carter faced backlash for using the ableist term "spaz" in her song “Heated,” which promoted the singer to change the lyric.
NBC News reports:
The 11th track, "Heated," contained the word "spaz," a slur against people with disabilities.
Lizzo received backlash for the same word after initially including it in her single "Grrrls," which was released in June. After fans pointed out that the word originates from "spastic," the artist changed the lyrics.
“Someone who is spastic is born with a disability which makes it difficult for them to control their muscles, especially in their arms and legs,” according to Collins Dictionary. “Most people now refer to someone with this disability as having cerebral palsy.”
Fans have reacted to the change on social media:
Spaz is not a slur, not in the way Beyoncé and Lizzo used it. It’s a slang that is referring to a type of jumpiness or general hyper activeness.
— (@erickacknowles) August 1, 2022
Neither Beyoncé nor Lizzo should have changed it, Spaz is NOT a slur in Black America and we simply can not let folks across the pond dictate how we talk. https://t.co/d2SHlVn8h8
— Juju (@JuJuBreauxD) August 1, 2022
So @Beyonce used the word ‘spaz’ in her new song Heated. Feels like a slap in the face to me, the disabled community & the progress we tried to make with Lizzo. Guess I’ll just keep telling the whole industry to ‘do better’ until ableist slurs disappear from music
— Hannah Diviney (@hannah_diviney) July 30, 2022
nobody cared about the word spaz until Beyonce and Lizzo used it….
— (@scarletstalli) August 1, 2022