Beyoncé officially drops Kelis’ Sample Off Renaissance album; Monica Lewinsky calls for a similar move in 2013 song
Last week, we told you on how singer “Bossy” Kelis called Beyonce and former music manager Pharrell Williams for interpolating his 2003 hit song “Milkshake” on Bey just came out Renaissance album without him knowing. Now, it seems all that brouhaha was for nothing as Beyoncé removed the use of the song from the album in its entirety.
By Billboard, the song’s use appeared on the album’s fifth song, “Energy”, and has now been removed on Tidal and Apple Music. Subsequently, the move was met with much fanfare online, with many applauding the “Black Parade” singer for outright removing it. to no longer fuel any drama.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Queen Bey has post-audited the album since its release last Friday. As previously reported by The rootafter receiving backlash for his song “Heated – which featured the word ‘spaz’ and was quickly met with disdain from disability rights advocates who claimed the lyrics were ‘offensive and capable’, the multi-Grammy artist later confirmed in a statement that he would be replaced.
And while members of the community have raised a valid point, someone else has decided to jump on the bandwagon in an attempt to get Bey to remove or change the lyrics of another song she has. published almost 10 years ago. As EW RatingsTuesday, Monica Lewisnky (yes, this Monica Lewinksy) sent out a tweet that apparently suggested she wanted her name replaced in Beyonce’s 2013 hit song “Sheet Music.”
The song’s particular line, Bey refers to a man who “Monica Lewisnky had it all on my dress”. However, people online were quick to call out her hypocrisy, noting that she has a “muse of rap music” in her Twitter bio while others quoted a 2014 Vanity Fair article that she shared. writing in which she thanked Beyoncé for including her in the song but joked about how it was misused.
“Miley Cyrus references me in her twerk number, Eminem raps about me, and Beyoncé’s latest hit has me screaming. Thank you, Beyonce,” an excerpt from the article read. “But if we’re speaking verbally, I think you meant ‘Bill Clinton’d all on my gown,’ not ‘Monica Lewinsky’d.'”
She later clarified that at that time she was using humor to deal with “painful or humiliating things” as she often does, and that she had not “directly” contacted Beyoncé’s camp to that the lyrics are officially changed.
Monica aside though, if artists start releasing their albums because of some people’s disdain for them, justified or not, they have to be very careful of the slippery slope they might end up going down if it becomes a previous. Any person, brand or entity could then cause an uproar in an attempt to get the lyrics changed and I shouldn’t have to tell you how dangerously close it comes to censorship if this kind of thinking and action is embraced by the bad part.
What do you think? Should Beyoncé have removed Kelis’ sample? Should she change her lyrics from 2013 and remove Monica’s name? Let’s discuss it in the comments!