Keyshia Cole Doesn’t “Bow Down” To Anyone

by Yesha Callahan

Keyshia Cole Doesn't Bow Down To Anyone- Clutch Magazine

Keyshia Cole is at it again on Twitter. I’ve lost track of how many times she’s argued with fans or tried to put other artists on blast, but on the heels of Beyonce’s release of “Bow Down”, Cole had a few choice tweets directed to the Houston singer:




The response to Keyshia’s version of “keeping it real” last night hit an all time low.



There were several death threats from people who consider themselves a part of  Beyonce’s bumble bee infestation called the “beyhive”.  Sure Keyshia pointed out the hypocrisy in Beyonce’s “Bow Down” lyrics, but you’d think she would realize by now, the Beyonce-machine is at 100 right now, and feeding into a supposed diss track only fuels the controversy.

After her Beyonce rant, Keyshia decided it would be a good idea to promote her own music and appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel show, promoting her own music and performing “Trust & Believe”.

When a celebrity voices their opinion via a social media outlet do you think it turns away fans or possibly garner new ones?

  • Yb

    I starting to think that Beyonce articles have become the new bait and switch, replacing interracial relationship posts. This website knows what topics it’s black women commentators will flock to.

  • Sasha

    Keyshia’s at it again….

  • Whatever

    Keys his cole is absolutely correct. When it’s convenient women run the world, are independent and sing at inaugurations while being called a “role model” by the fist lady. When it’s convenient we put out a documentary boring people to death trying our best to show how humble and modest we are. THEN when it’s time to drop an album, we tell “bitches” to bow down. Beyonce have a seat.

  • Tina

    First “Women need to Stick together” now b_tches better Bow. Smh. But it’s all G! Chicks stay shooting the sh_t. …
    Well, Keyshia did not lie and she (Keyshia) really doesn’t have any fans to offend. As a bonus, she used Beyonce’s fail to bring attention to her own projects.

  • Keshia

    I agree from independent women to this new song! But of course Beyonce’s fans will tear into keyshia for stating the truth, those poor delusional babies

  • Ooh La La

    This is a case where it’s not so much the message, but the messenger. Keyshia, though I don’t like her or her outlandish ways, has a point. Integrity is being your true self at all times, and when there is contradiction, your character comes into question.

  • AB

    Keyshia Cole is nothing more than a jealous hater. It’s sad. I don’t see Bey as moving away from her women are powerful thing. I see that song as her expressing another persona. Music is art, and every single song isn’t simply how Beyoncé feels as a person, but just another way to express another side of something — just like when actors play murderers and other evil people. Those people themselves aren’t evil. Duh. People need to get it together, grow up, and keep it movin’.

  • ChaCha1

    Well, it was more about Keyshia than Beyonce, but yeah. More clicks…

  • The Moon in the Sky

    Ahhehehehe. She’s at it again.

  • Yb

    Yeah, but I’m just wondering why Beyonce articles get so many clicks.

  • Kay

    Oh Keyshia. Po’ thang. She just committed career suicide. Girl, these stans are going to let you have it!! They may not have cared too much about Michelle Williams, but with Beyonce, they will be coming in the night to snatch your wig. Trust. Though I do think that Beyonce’s music is all that great at times, there’s something to be said about sometimes grinning and bearing it all. If my career depended on it, I would have STFU and just kept it moving right on to the studio to do my own thing.

  • Keshia

    Beyonce is a popular figure, women of all races discuss her. This is a blog for black women so of course most of the views on here are expressed by black women. If you don’t like it go elsewhere.

  • Yb

    Wow you went in defense mode and for no reason. Nowhere did I say I didn’t like it. And duh, I know this is a website for black women. I enjoy reading Clutch, it’s a great magazine for a young, maturing black woman like me. And of course Beyonce is a popular figure but don’t play dumb as if you don’t see a pattern when Beyonce articles are posted. You seem angry.

  • Keshia

    I can be defensive, I took your comment as you saying black women were somehow obsessed with Beyonce. Which is not true she is a popular person so of course we like to discuss her. Plus it’s more clicks for clutch.

  • Virgos Very Own

    Keyshia is right. However, sadly, people are just going to excuse the whole ‘Bow Down thing’ because its Beyonce.

  • http://clutchmagazine blcknnblv

    Just a failed artist trying to get attention and stay relevant

  • Eva

    Messy. Smh. My take away: Keyshia Cole is messy.

    I pray for her.

  • Misty_Moonsilver

    Well I see nothing wrong with Miss Cole calling Beyonce out on her hypocrisy. Kudos.

  • binks

    Bingo! I think people have a problem because Keyshia is saying it but she is telling the truth. But something tells me people would still shot the messenger in this case because it involves Beyonce and nobody can’t say anything “bad” about Beyonce.

  • AJW

    K. Cole is a hood rat & Beyonce is classy? Hmmm….. Last time I checked K. Cole married a b baller and Beyonce married a crack dealer.
    My bad. EX crack dealer lol. Anyway, Cole is telling the truth & like always people will come to beyonce’s defence. The woman has no haters. Just critics. But, just like most egotistical, self important paranoid folks, she can’t be happy with majority of the people in the world basically calling her JESUS. She wants all of us worshipping at The Beysus alter. Frankly she & people like her can kiss my a**, sorry. She is an entertainer not a damn demigod. You fanatics are to blame though. Got this womans head so gassed up. She’s not the only celebrity with this problem either. SMDH.

  • jeni

    Good for Keyshia for calling her out on that nonsense. I couldn’t listen to more than 5 sec. of Beyonce’s ego trip. Hopefully, the First Couple will finally begin to distance themselves from Bey and her hubby–you can dress hood up, but it will eventually show its true colors.

    BTW, caught Keyshia on JKL last night, and her voice seems to be better than ever. I think she borrowed a page from Tamar’s aesthetic and musical stylings, though.

  • The Comment


    Yeah but Keyshia saying just….lord. She is the quintessential hoodrat sucking on a lolipop taking chit about every other chick that crosses her path. A GROWN ASSS WOMAN DOING THIS IS WHACK!

    We are sick of it. So what she makes one valid point—-she is a classic hater. She won’t be happy until B hire some goons to come shoot up her home. That is the only language she understands—violence!

    She beggin for it. I guess she tired of singing. She ready to fight.

  • Daphne

    There’s nothing wrong with what Keyshia Cole said. She may even have a point. But the fact that it’s coming from Keyshia Cole, who is known for putting down her peers and being completely distasteful on twitter is why I’m having a hard time taking it seriously. Wasn’t she just on twitter hating on someone else just a few weeks back? It’s hard to read her tweets and not imagine that her words are coming from a place of envy and bitterness, no matter how true they are. Not really a fan of Beyonce to care either way what she puts out, but I don’t think her wanting unity and togetherness is in conflict with this record.. Because while you may want to be one with your sisters, there will always be haters. You can’t reason with haters. Is the record beneath her? Yeah of course! There’s no reason for her to even address anyone with the money she makes, and her status in the industry. Clearly she still has some insecurities to work out.

    But at any rate, isn’t this what a lot of these R&B and rap songs are about these days? How is this really any different? All these people do is brag about how much better they are than anyone else.. I mean I don’t know why Keyshia would personally take so much offense to this song, anymore than she would take offense to any one of Nicki Minaj’s songs.. It’s probably just bottled up resentment that was just looking for an opportunity to surface.

    And even though I’m not a Keyshia Cole fan, one of these days I’d like to come on here see something about Keyshia’s new album or her new project instead of reading about how she mouthed off about someone on twitter again.

  • Gina Wild

    Keshia Cole has more issues than Jet Magazine, pun intended.

  • The Bayarean (@TheBayarean)

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Also not a fan of Beyonce, but because it’s KC (who is known for her ghetto attitude) spewing this “truth” no one wants to hear it from her. If she was desperate for attention, mission complete. But if she wanted someone to take her serious, she should focus more on her own projects and less on everyone else. I used to be a fan, but I seriously CAN’T with her anymore. Her mouth now outweighs her talent. #DoBetter

  • MimiLuvs

    This is slightly non-related to the article:
    Have anybody else notice the “double standard” between men artists and women artists, in regards to the content matter of their songs?
    Let’s take music from the “R&B” genre, for example:
    R.Kelly can sing songs like “Your Body’s Callin” and “S-x in the Kitchen” and can “switch it up” by singing songs like “Step in the Name of Love”, “The Storm is Over”, “I Believe I Can Fly” and “I Wish”…
    And no one accuses R.Kelly of “flip-flopping” and not “staying in his lane”.
    But, when it comes to women who sing R&B songs (like Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Toni Braxton, at one point Fantasia Barrino, etc.), they are accused of being hypocrites.
    The songs’ contents have to be the lyrical Madonna or the lyrical Mary Magdalene.
    The artist has to either write/sing songs that “empower women” for the rest of their career or they have to… (insert any Khia song).
    They either have to be Roberta Flack or Millie Jackson. They can’t be both.

  • LMO85

    Thank you. Apparently KC is feeling some kind of way these days and desperately needs some attention. But the hate Bey generates is laughable to me. You don’t have to be a fan of hers to see that. Music is art, artists express themselves in all kinds of ways. This isn’t new to B or any other Contemporary musician, I am not comprehending the folk who stay mad. It really isn’t that serious.




  • Quelqu’un

    How is Keyshia Cole gonna talk about women sticking together, yet she was just dogging Michelle Williams a while ago for absolutely nothing?

  • ….

    Actually a lot of people criticized r kelly for singing sexual songs and then making a gospel song called ,”you saved me”.The same happened to Kanye west when he made,”Jesus walks”. I’ve also heard ppl attack Wale.

  • aoth

    Bey is going to burn in hell y’all know what’s going on get off keshia back

  • aoth

    All u dam beehives gone burn to couse ain’t nobody got it more twisted then thebey and the hive.

  • My thoughts.

    Why do we continuously tell people that they are being hypocrites and acting as though they are holier than thou while exhibiting the same characteristics we are criticizing. Human beings are complexed and we do not have one persona at all times – same goes for these celebrities that some people decide to worship. We all have blood running through our veins and made up of the same matter.

    Yes, I can call for women’s togetherness and their empowerment; however, we know that there are times when women can frustrate one another to the point of exhaustion. I have had female colleagues who have made it a point to frustrate me and in that situation felt dealing with male colleagues would be easier for my career growth/sanity. I often went home ranting and thinking up scenarios of being in a superior position and putting that person in check. Do my thoughts mean I am a hypocrite that does not want women as a collective to succeed within the work place? No! It just makes me a woman that is frustrated and voicing it the way I can.

    At the end of the day, I think individuals need to be allowed to be humans and that means the ability to explore their various emotions. If Beyonce is one way all the time, she is looked at as being fake, too contrived, too x,y,z. If she shows you a different side she is being a hypocrite. However, this is really not about Beyonce but rather my call to allow people to be – be it your friend, sister, boyfriend, child etc. Constant criticism in all direction can drive a person mad. We all criticize a bit too much these days that I wonder if we have time to tend to our lives.

    Lastly, I ask everyone to look at themselves. How many of you enjoy some secular music (Maxwell, Rihanna, R.Kelly) and still have no problem listening to Gospel music? How many of us can be kind to someone one day and due to some provocation or just a bad day exhibit a foul characteristic. This is not hypocrisy, this is called being a HUMAN BEING. We should of course try to limit our foul characteristics and strive to be better with each passing day.

  • Ms. Write

    She’s bitter, plain and simple and disguising it as being “real”. It’s a shame too because it seems like she burns bridges with a lot of other celebrities she has worked with. She obviously has some deep-seeded issues in her life that have never been addressed. But in any case, it’s not a good look.

  • ….

    Being frustrated with other females is totally different than telling people to “bow down” because you think you are better than they are.You can’t call for women to come together if you have a superiority complex as well…that makes no sense.

  • Simone L

    She may be perceived as bitter or a hater (that comment about Michelle at the Superbowl was uncalled for) but apparently, when you have a difference of opinion and express it on the internet, may God have mercy on your soul. She is entitled to feel however she wants to feel, but how she chooses to voice it…meh. And then Beyonce’s gang comes and e-whoops up on her.

  • E.M.S.

    Yes Keyshia can have her opinions but it seems like she just can’t let anything go. GET OVER IT. Be an adult, be a professional, and move on. She sounds like a whiny broken record. We get it, you don’t like B or her clique, you don’t have to remind us with every little tweet.

  • Blaque217

    I could almost understand it if Keyshia Cole was giving an interview and someone asked her opinion about Beyonce’s lyrics, but hell, WHO ASKED HER? She just decided to go on Twitter and be ugly…again. She is a professional artist and should try to have a little more class!

  • MMK

    Everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but wait. Let’s think about this. This is the same Keyshia Cole who lambasted Michelle for her superbowl performance. Now, women need to stick together? Wait. She didn’t give herself this same memo? SMH.

    I would give her a high-five if I didn’t find her advice hypocritical.

    Folks are up in arms because Beyonce cursed and made a song that I find funny and sort of tongue and cheek-ish. No one was upset when she gave us all the anthem DIVA, which could be construed as ahem a “slapback” song.

    Write about Keyshia Cole when she’s taking her own advice.

  • MMK

    But the attacks are the same and if you seriously take a look it , there are double standards. This is exactly why I’m glad Beyonce gave me something other than “perfect” haha.

    I love this new song and I pray she doesn’t claim it’s Sasha Fierce or makes any apologies. If you can’t handle what she’s saying then turn the radio off and don’t support it.

    To folks with kids. Just have a talk with them. Explain things so they understand. You’re great parents and I’m sure ONE Beyonce song won’t taint them for life.

  • pinklipstick227

    +1 million MimiLuvs. I completely agree with you. This double standard is my primary issue with the supposed “Beyonce controversy.” Men are able to occupy both spaces and women cannot, which is unfair. I think a better example would be Chris Brown, who experienced success with the song “Look at Me Now” in which he gloats about his success while rapping. Women should not be called self-important or arrogant for patting themselves on the back. If she thinks she is the best of the best, she should be able to say so. In fact, more women should acknowledge and highlight their strengths, a practice Sheryl Sandberg recommends.

    Female entertainers should also have the right to address their haters. I don’t understand why some women are taking this song so personally. Many male artists have produced diss tracks before and people did not feel as though the song specifically pertained to them. This is just a song, not a personal letter from the woman herself.

  • pinklipstick227

    Beyonce is telling people to bow down because she refers to herself as King Bey; laymen typically bow down to royalty. I don’t understand why people have trouble comprehending this simple concept.

    One can acknowledge the accomplishments of others while simultaneously admitting that she is more accomplished than others. Not everyone has the same capabilities.

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