Kelis was responding to a comment about Rihanna’s style

You remember Kelis. “My milkshake gets all the boys out in the yard” Kelis.

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Songs like that, coupled with her unique fashion sense, made her an icon that continues to influence artists to this day.

In a recent fan interaction on Instagram, Kelis took a moment to specifically address a comparison between her style and Rihanna’s.

“I feel like Rihanna rode a wave created by Kelis,” wrote one person in the 42-year-old Comments. In response, Kelis said, “Let’s not open Pandora’s box today lol step by step friend ❤️.”

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While she didn’t directly say Rihanna copied her style, she certainly seemed to imply it in her response. It seems she just decided not to go there, presumably because she was already getting heat after blasting Beyoncé over a song sample.

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ICYMI: Kelis got upset about that lemonade Singer on Beyoncé’s new song “Energy”. Renaissance album and said it sampled Kelis’ song “Get Along With You” without her permission. She also targeted Neptunes producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo – two of Kelis’ biggest collaborators in her early career – who created and produced the song.

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“I’m also blown away because the level of disrespect and utter ignorance from all three parties involved is amazing,” Kelis wrote from her food account on Instagram, @bountyandfull. “Some of the people in this business have no soul or integrity and they fooled everyone.”

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However, some people were quick to point out that Kelis doesn’t even appear on “Get Along With You” as an acknowledged artist, nor does she appear to be owned by her masters.

Ok #Kelis is an icon so I’ll do my best not to disrespect her at this moment. She doesn’t own her masters, and to make matters worse, she didn’t produce or write the song. The only things associated with the song are her singing and her name. https://t.co/IDRUmyI4ej

Twitter: @prince_plb04

It’s not Beyoncé’s fault Kelis doesn’t own the rights to her music. Nobody has to go through you, girl. Nobody has to ask your permission. Now off and fry a little.

Twitter: @MessyMyles

I respect Kelis as an artist, but her influence shouldn’t be with Beyonce, it should be with the people who own the rights to her music.

Twitter: @TheRealAntonioA

Having already faced such intense backlash, it appears she is reluctant to make any further statements that could potentially go left. But we’ll see if she revisits the subject any time soon.

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