Do Beyoncé & Erykah Badu Have Beef?

Update: On Thursday morning, March 21, People noticed that Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Schure, appeared to respond to Badu’s criticism with an Instagram Reel. The compilation video shows Beyoncé rocking various braid styles throughout the years alongside the caption, “She slays. She slays. Now. Then. Always. act ii COWBOY CARTER 3.29 #criticswithoutcredentials.”

Original Article: Beyoncé became the first Black woman to top Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart with “Texas Hold ‘Em,” and the single also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Texas Hold ‘Em” dropped alongside “16 Carriages” during Super Bowl LVIII in February, laying the runway for Beyoncé to announce Cowboy Carter will be released on March 29. The album’s cover art was revealed on Tuesday, March 19. As with everything Beyoncé-related, people had thoughts, including Azealia Banks and Erykah Badu.

Do Beyoncé & Erykah Badu Have Beef?

First and foremost, beef can’t be one-sided, so it’s hard to qualify Badu’s recent social media activity as “beef.” But Badu certainly feels some type of way. First, the four-time Grammy winner responded to Beyoncé’s limited-edition Cowboy Carter artwork on her Instagram Story, writing, “Hmmm.” About as cryptic as it gets.

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However, people (probably the Beyhive) took it and ran with it over on X (formerly Twitter), leading to Badu posting, “To Jay Z . Say somethin Jay . You gone let this woman and these bees do this to me ??”

Last July, Badu threw similar shade during Beyoncé’s Renaissance World Tour — taking exception with her chrome hat and posting on her Instagram Story, “I guess I’m everybody stylist.”

In conclusion? Don’t draw any conclusions. Unless Beyoncé responds, which she probably won’t.

See Beyoncé’s Cowboy Carter announcements below.

Cowboy Carter is out 3/29 via Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records. Find more information here.