When Kelis burst into the scene a little over twenty years ago she did so with the support of Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams. Today, as she looks back on her career with wiser eyes, she says she was scammed by the pair and cheated out of millions. Her story below… The ‘Trick Me’ singer claims she was told she, Williams and Hugo would split their share of the songs they worked on three ways.
Alas, she says her collaborators went back on their word which meant she didn’t see a penny in publishing for her first two albums.
She told ‘The Guardian’:
I was told we were going to split the whole thing 33/33/33, which we didn’t do.
She claims the duo’s team employed legal muscle to ice her out of the credits and that she didn’t notice what had happened until years later because she was generating money from touring and “just the fact that I wasn’t poor felt like enough.”
Chad and Pharrell are yet to respond.