Days after Kelis publicly criticized Pharrell Williams and the “Love On Top” singer for allegedly failing to inform her that a sample of her 2003 single would be interpolated on “Energy,” the fifth track from Beyoncé’s new album.
The interpolation is reportedly no longer audible while being streamed on Apple Music and Tidal. However, as BuzzFeed pointed out, the sample is still there in the song’s lyrics video, which was first posted to YouTube on July 28.
The song “contains an interpolation of ‘Milkshake,’ written by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo and sung by Kelis,” according to the composer credits for “Energy” given on Beyoncé’s official website as of August 2. It’s uncertain whether it will be modified to reflect the song’s revised version.
Beyoncé’s seventh studio album, Renaissance, was released on July 29. It is the first part of a three-part project that she recorded while the pandemic was going on.
Kelis said that Beyoncé “should have at least reached out” to her regarding sampling her music in a series of Instagram posts posted last week. “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.”