Criticize Beyoncé and Risk Damaging Your Career

(Getty Images)When Beyoncé dropped her dizzying new track "Bow Down" last month, there was at least one pop colleague who wasn't impressed: Keyshia Cole.

The "Let It Go" singer was apparently not impressed with lyrics like "I know when you were little girls you dreamt of being in my world / Don't forget it, respect that, bow down b**ches." Shortly after the song's release, Cole tweeted, "Can't stand when people all self righteous when it's convenient it makes them look good. Lmao! But can still talk s**t when convenient 2 FOH."

She later added, "I done kept it real from the start! #RespectTHAT," and "First "Women need to Stick together" now b**ches better Bow. Smh. But it's all G! Chicks stay shooting the s**t. But when I speak my mind its a prob. #Well #StayMad."

Naturally, Cole was barraged with angry tweets by dedicated Beyoncé stans — no big surprise. But then it became clear that Cole's decision to speak her mind had actually affected her standing in the industry when her one-time collaborator The-Dream told Power 105's "The Breakfast Club" that he was no longer willing to write for Keyshia.

"Right now because of what happened, I can't," The-Dream admitted. "I think she would respect why I can't. That's my family."

Cole seemed okay with The-Dream's announcement, tweeting, "Dream not writing any songs for me is fine... Im on my 6th album... He's only wrote 1 song on 1 of my albums, which i did love, God Bless."

But Cole isn't the first artist to feel the repercussions after beefing with Queen Bey.

In early March, singer Keri Hilson posted a series of emotional tweets pleading with Beyoncé fans to leave her alone. Years before — in 2008 — Hilson had allegedly dissed Beyoncé in the lyrics to her remix of "Turnin' Me On," which included a line about some pop competitor who couldn't write her own songs.

"It's TOO much!! Please! Is everything I tweet gonna be "intentionally misinterpreted" as a statement about someone/drama I know nothing about? You have no idea what your hateful words could do to someone's spirit," Hilson wrote. "Years of verbal abuse from strangers all day long. Enough is enough! I'm here for MY FANS! I'm stronger than you imagine, but waking up/going to bed to your ugliness is just TOO MUCH, kids. I get it, OK?"

Hilson then alluded to her alleged beef with Beyoncé: "As far as WHATEVER your really mad about, I had my reasons. It's been years! Just chalk it up to your ignorance of my reality and LET...IT...GO. As for my mistakes, God has dealt with me."

And yeah, both of them are still getting abuse on Twitter:

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