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Azealia Banks Reads Kendrick Lamar For His Comments On Ferguson

January 10th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Azealia Banks has no problem telling the world how she really feels about things. In a series of tweets, the rapper expressed her disappointment with Kendrick Lamar and his comments on Ferguson.

During an interview with Billboard Magazine, Kendrick stated, “I wish somebody would look in our neighborhood knowing that it’s already a situation, mentally, where it’s f—ed up. What happened to [Michael Brown] should’ve never happened. Never. But when we don’t have respect for ourselves, how do we expect them to respect us? It starts from within. Don’t start with just a rally, don’t start from looting — it starts from within.”

Azealia did not appreciate Kendrick’s comments. She tweeted,

Kendrick isn’t the first celebrity to receive backlash over Ferguson comments. Last weekend, Oprah was under attack for her comments on Ferguson as well.

Do you agree with Azealia or Kendrick?

“I Can Argue.” Ava DuVernay Defends “Selma” Against Criticisms Of LBJ’s Stalling

December 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Ever since Azealia Banks so profoundly discussed the American phenomena of cultural smudging on Hot 97, it seems like I keep stumbling upon more and more flagrant examples of it.

Most recently, in the criticism of Ava DuVernay’s film Selma. As some of you know it was released in select theaters on Christmas. So quite a few people have seen it already, including people who worked closely with former president Lyndon B. Johnson. As the acting president during that time, Dr. Martin Luther King, the film’s main character, interacts with him frequently about signing Civil Rights legislation to ensure that Blacks weren’t being denied their constitutional right to vote. Throughout the film, we watch King visit to the White House arguing for legislation while Johnson tells him to wait, that he has more pressing matters to deal with.

Well, apparently people are taking issue with DuVernay’s portrayal of Johnson’s stalling.  An op-ed piece written for the Washington Post by Johnson’s top assistant for domestic affairs, Joseph A. Califano Jr. criticized DuVernay of “taking dramatic, trumped up license with a true story that didn’t need any embellishment to work as a big-screen historical drama.”

Califiano goes on to say that not only did Lyndon B. Johnson support Dr. King in his march from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, he said that the whole march was Johnson’s idea.

“In fact, Selma was LBJ’s idea, he considered the Voting Rights Act his greatest legislative achievement, he viewed King as an essential partner in getting it enacted — and he didn’t use the FBI to disparage him.”

In recorded conversations, Johnson is quoted as saying,

“And if you can find the worst condition that you run into in Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana or South Carolina . . . and if you just take that one illustration and get it on radio, get it on television, get it in the pulpits, get it in the meetings, get it everyplace you can. Pretty soon the fellow that didn’t do anything but drive a tractor will say, ‘Well, that’s not right, that’s not fair,’ and then that will help us on what we’re going to shove through [Congress] in the end.”

Johnson even told King that if he were able to accomplish this, there would be a breakthrough and it would be the “greatest achievement of my administration.” 

After the article, in which Califiano argued that Selma be “ruled out this Christmas and during the ensuing awards season,” was published, it wasn’t long before the subsequent Twitter response followed.

Ava DuVernay Defends Selma Against Criticisms Of LBJ's Stalling

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Yes and yes and yes. And thank you Ava, for not shying away from this discussion. Let’s think about this. If it was really President Johnson’s idea for King and others to march from Selma to Montgomery, he must have known that he was sending them into imminent danger. And during the first march, he (Johnson) did not provide any military personnel to ensure the protesters’ safety. This to me, would actually be more damning to his reputation than dragging his feet on the Voting Rights legislation. If he were truly in support of the Voting Rights Act, a march wouldn’t have had to happen. Johnson simply would have been aware of the problem and signed the legislation to change it. And people wouldn’t have had to suffer bodily injury and fatalities for what Johnson could have done with some paperwork.

Azealia Banks is problematic but her words about cultural smudging ring true over and over again. The law wouldn’t have changed without Johnson’s support. And for that he will be remembered as a remarkable president. But Johnson’s eventual decision to sign the Voting Rights Act need not take anything away from Dr. King and all those pioneers who marched and fought behind the scenes and on the front lines to make those changes a reality. These people, though we’ll never know all of their names, are revered figures in American history, especially within the Black community. And now, decades and decades after King’s death people are trying to diminish their role and the work that literally changed this nation. As Iyanla would say, “not on my watch.” 

Rapper Azealia Banks Becomes A Reparations Advocate Via Twitter Rant

December 30th, 2014 - By Ann Brown
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Hip-hop diva Azealia Banks is going off on Twitter–again! You might say, what else is new. But this time the subject is interesting. Like many other African Americans, Banks is demanding slavery reparations.

The reparations movement has heated up in the Caribbean where a group of 14 nations have sued various European countries for slave reparations. And in the U.S., the movement has been in effect for many years, though has yet to bear any fruit from its efforts. There are many Blacks in the States demanding the 40 acres and a mule their slave ancestors were promised during emancipation. Now, Banks is one of them.

On her Twitter account recently, the 23-year-old rapper became an advocate for reparations. She put out a series of tweets talking about how major corporations for profited from slave labor, reports TheGrio.

“ITS MY MONEY, AND I WANT IT NOWWWWW!!!!!!” Banks tweeted. According to Banks, various companies owe African-Americans up to $100 trillion, and she named corporate names including Aetna, New York Life Insurance, and JP Morgan Chase. Banks backed up her claims with links to articles on  how Native Americans and Holocaust survivors have received some form of reparations from the United States and Germany.

She went as far as to say she would give up her music career to fight for reparations if need be.

Banks is no stranger to speaking her mind about Blacks and culture. In fact in a recent  radio interview she said white Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has misappropriated Black culture and that fellow rapper T.I. was a “shoe-shining coon” for his support of Azalea.

 In a different radio interview with Hot 97 she pontificated about Black culture, American history, the media and more. She said:

Here’s the thing with Iggy Azalea. I feel, just in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like Black issues, or Black politics, or Black music or whatever there’s always this under current of a ‘F*ck you.’ Like ‘F*ck y’all n*ggas. Y’all don’t really own sh*t. Y’all don’t have sh*t.’ That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea sh*t is not better than any f*cking Black girl that’s rapping today. And when they give those awards out–cuz the Grammys are supposed to be like accolades for artistic excellency. Iggy Azalea is not excellent. And the message I see when I see these Grammys being given out…I have a problem when you’re trying to say that it’s Hip Hop and you’re trying to put it up against Black culture.

Even Nicki Minaj over the past 2,3,4 years has done so much to kind of create this social presence and this hold –like this social consciousness so she’s like “Re Up” and “Roman Reloaded” and here you got fucking Iggy like “Reclassified.” Like you’re trying to smudge out…it’s like a cultural smudging is what I see. And when they give these Grammys out all it says to White kids is ‘You’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to Black kids, ‘You don’t have shit, you don’t own sh*t, not even the sh*t you created for yourself.’ And it makes me upset in that way. 

So put her in the pop category. Put her with Katy Perry. Put her and Miley Cyrus is the same box together. Don’t put her in Hip Hop. Just because she’s not singing does not mean it’s rap music. 

 Banks has also gone off on Blacks who she feels aren’t “Black enough.” Following a disappointing collab with Pharrell, “ATM Jam,” she had more than a few words to say about how she though the “Happy” singer was leaving behind his “Blackness.” She sent out a series of Tweets on the subject. And she said:

“The reason ATM jam did poorly is because pharell changed his mind about wanting to be associated with me after he had his lite skin comeback”

“Lite skin n*ggas are funny.”

Azealia Banks Talks The Smudging Of Black Culture In Poignant Hot 97 Interview

December 19th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Azealia Banks Talks The Smudging Of Black Culture

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We’ve been very vocal about our frustrations with Azealia Banks. The attacks she lodges at people often distract from her very real talent and the actual message. Some of her tweets can seem like pointless, mean spirited attacks.

But her recent interview with Hot 97 painted a clearer picture of who Azealia Banks is as a person and why she’s so passionate and even confrontational with her opinions about other, mostly White, artists on Twitter.

Homegirl has some very deep, very fundamentally true thoughts about Black culture, American history, the media and more.

Here’s the thing with Iggy Azalea. I feel, just in this country, whenever it comes to our things, like Black issues, or Black politics, or Black music or whatever there’s always this under current of a ‘Fuck you.’ Like ‘Fuck y’all niggas. Y’all don’t really own shit. Y’all don’t have shit.’ That Macklemore album wasn’t better than the Drake record. That Iggy Azalea shit is not better than any fucking Black girl that’s rapping today. And when they give those awards out–cuz the Grammys are supposed to be like accolades for artistic excellency. Iggy Azalea is not excellent. And the message I see when I see these Grammys being given out…I have a problem when you’re trying to say that it’s Hip Hop and you’re trying to put it up against Black culture.  

Even Nicki Minaj over the past 2,3,4 years has done so much to kind of create this social presence and this hold –like this social consciousness so she’s like “Re Up” and “Roman Reloaded” and here you got fucking Iggy like “Reclassified.” Like you’re trying to smudge out…it’s like a cultural smudging is what I see. And when they give these Grammys out all it says to White kids is ‘You’re great, you’re amazing, you can do whatever you put your mind to.’ And it says to Black kids, ‘You don’t have shit, you don’t own shit, not even the shit you created for yourself.’ And it makes me upset in that way. 

So put her in the pop category. Put her with Katy Perry. Put her and Miley Cyrus is the same box together. Don’t put her in Hip Hop. Just because she’s not singing does not mean it’s rap music. 

And then Ebro says something about this happening all of the time, don’t we know the drill?

Now everybody knows that the basis of modern capitalism is slave labor. Really, the selling and trading of these slaves. There are huge corporations that are still caking off that slave money and shit like that. So until y’all muthafuckas are ready to talk about what y’all owe me. Whether the number is 7 trillion, 8 trillion or 9 trillion. At the very fucking least, you owe me the right my identity and to not exploit that shit. That’s all we’re holding on to, like Hip Hop and rap.

And Bill Cosby…that’s too timely. You have like Eric Garner, Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin and y’all fucking talking about Bill Cosby. What the fuck? Y’all putting that on tv for the kids to see, for the youth to see. We really have to talk about this. 

Then Ebro says, part of the reason you get in trouble is because you feel. And they disregard your feelings and you get dismissed as crazy.

And then she spoke about why she came for TI when he jumped in her beef with Iggy Azalea.

Protesters Stage Die-In At Iggy Azalea’s Concert At USC; Azalea Responds

December 5th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last night, quite a few protests took place around the country well into the early morning to protest the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo for fatally choking Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York in July. Such protests followed the ones that took place last week for Mike Brown, which shut down highways, bridges, shopping malls and more. Last night, a group of protesters actually took to the streets to make their voices heard at an Iggy Azalea concert. They say that the protest was not really about her though, but about the non-indictment of Officer Daniel Pantaleo.

According to KTLA, protesters planned to do a massive die-in at Bovard Auditorium on USC’s campus on Thursday night, where the concert was taking place. About 200 people reportedly signed up to take part. The Facebook invitation reads like this:

“Are you frustrated with the biased and inaccurate portrayal of people of color in the media? Are you tired of feeling like the plight of our people is not taken seriously? Are you angry that police are constantly getting away with murder and profiting off the loss of black lives?

There may be cameras on them but that has not stopped them from innocently walking away from their crimes. The cameras should be on US so WE can have our voices heard. Iggy Azalea will performing in Bovard at 8pm. Like her or not, she has garnered attention and fame for appropriating Black culture. This is our opportunity to take her platform and help bring attention to much more important issues.”

In the end, though 193 said they went, KTLA claimed video showed that only a few dozen people showed up. In the end though, those who organized the protest at the concert were happy with the message they were able to send to the many students and fans who showed up for Azalea’s show:

“THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED AND/OR PARTICIPATED IN THIS EVENT!! Because of you, we got a strong message to a lot of people and I believe it will spark positive change!! You are so appreciated.”

Azealea has been accused of appropriating black culture for some time now, but things got ugly this week after the Eric Garner decision. Rapper Azealia Banks heavily criticized her on Twitter, as well as other artists who appropriate black culture but don’t use their platform to say something when injustices happen to black people (Banks herself was livid about the grand jury’s decision). Banks had a lot to say, but some of her main statements included:

“it’s funny to see people Like Igloo Australia silent when these things happen… Black Culture is cool, but black issues sure aren’t huh?”

“If you’re down to ride with us b***h you gotta RIDE ALL THE WAY.” She would go on to say, “Don’t just be down to ride Black D**k…If you with us you WITH US.”

“Igloo Australia” ended up trending on Twitter, while Iggy Azalea responded by saying, “we’ve all read the script 49584068408540 billion times now, find a new game plan.” But she would later go on to encourage those criticizing her, as well as fans, to protest. She also shared a link to some “ACTUAL PRODUCTIVE WAYS YOU CAN HELP.” As she put it, “Theres more to sparking a change than trolling on social media. World issues shouldn’t be used as a poor excuse to promote fan battles.”

But when “change” came to her concert in the hopes of shutting it down, Banks felt some type of way about it. One fan pointed out one protester who said “I didn’t even plan this sh*t. I didn’t know she existed until today. I just want to shut sh*t down…#BringTheProtestToThePeople.” When Iggy’s fan criticized that person, she jumped in:

Iggy

 

So what do you think of the choice of protesters to demonstrate at Azalea’s show? And what are your thoughts on the new wave of appropriation criticism she’s been getting lately?

 

Why Azealia Banks Is Exactly What Hip-Hop Needs Right Now, But Probably Doesn’t Want

November 13th, 2014 - By Charing Ball
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When I first heard about Azealia Banks, I just did not get her.

Maybe it was the beat, or the overall energy, but I was just not feeling her breakout hit, “212.” So I put her out of my mind and just chalked her up as another one of those weird alternative black dudes and dudettes in my neighborhood fascinated with trying to appear oh so different. I’m sorry, I know that sounds rude. But that’s how I used to think about some of you guys back then. Sue me.

But time has passed, and Azealia Banks kept finding her way into my life, mostly through gossip blogs streaming in my social media timelines.

First there was the beef with Angel Haze. Then their was the beef with Perez Hilton. Then there was the beef with Iggy Azalea, which turned into a beef with T.I. That later turned into a beef with with T.I.’s wife, Tiny, and then back to T.I. again, possibly with the addition of Snoop Dogg. There have been quite a few others. Most recently, she took issue with some of the lyrics from a new freestyle by Eminem because he threatened violence against singer Lana Del Rey and mocked Janay Rice. More specifically, the 8 Mile rapper rhymes:

I may fight for gay rights, especially if they dyke is more of a knockout than Janay Rice / Play nice, bitch I’ll punch Lana Del Rey right in the face twice like Ray Rice / in broad daylight / in the plain sight of elevator surveillance / ’til the head is bangin’ on the railin’ / then celebrate with the Ravens

You can see why someone might find that objectionable. And in her infinite wisdom, Banks did. And not only did she find it objectionable, but she put a cape on that objection. More specifically, she tweeted out to Lana Del Rey:

@LanaDelRey tell him to go back to his trailer park and eat his microwave hotpocket dinner and suck on his sisters tiddies.”

Absolutely magical.

Seriously, as much as I adore Eminem’s verses on Jay Z’s “Renegade,” (Seriously, you can’t hate on it. You just can’t!) he is also probably the most woman-hating rapper out there. And I’m not just talking about his often hateful and violent lyrics, but also his off-wax behavior, including weird beefs with a number of celebrity women like Christina Aguilera, Pamela Anderson, and of course, Mariah Carey. Therefore, it is delightfully enchanting to watch a woman give it to him with the same level of disrespect, which he has been giving it to the ladyfolks (and the men, who he knows are no real threat to him) for years.

Suddenly, Banks makes sense to me. And dare I say, I’m starting to get her. What is particularly refreshing about Banks is that she pulls no punches. More importantly, she is fearless. Those are two traits that are not always celebrated nor appreciated in women, let alone black women.

And in spite of its rebellious reputation, hip-hop doesn’t seem to treat or regard those fearless and brash women any differently than the rest of the society. In fact, many, if not all of the lady emcees who have ever come on the scene, rose through the ranks of male-dominated crews. That includes Lil’ Kim, Foxy Brown, Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea (even some of the OGs like Queen Latifah, Yo-Yo, Mc Lyte, Roxanne Shante and the likes all were the sole or one of the only feminine representations in predominately male crews). This might explain why many of the lady rappers have been reluctant over the years to take jabs at their fellow emcees or challenge a male rapper on wax. Instead, it seems that most of these women have been put on protective pedestals and shielded from any real test of their skills.

No wonder folks believe that the ladies can’t rock the mic.

Banks, however, never really had a crew. As such, her image (including lyrical capacity) is of her own making and her talent had to be proven. People weren’t going to like or even dislike Banks because some male rapper vouched for her. If Banks wanted to be heard by the world – and do so on her own terms and while in charge of her own image – she had to put in the work herself, producing hot tracks and drumming up her own fan base. And she likely had to do this all while being ignored and passed over for more industry-approved entertainment acts, as illustrated by her omission from XXL magazine’s annual Freshman Class List for years, which by the way, once featured Iggy Azalea (cue the first beef).

She probably had to do all this work in the face of a label that wanted her to tone it down or be somebody who was more marketable. That might explain why Interscope Records decided to release her earlier this year from her contract, despite her popularity. And it might also explain why it appears that she is so hype all the time. In an industry where it seems our “number 1s” are pre-selected, Banks does come off at times like she is fighting hard to be both seen and respected.

And I think this is important to remember considering all the flack she gets in the media, as well as on social media, for always being in the center of a beef. In a world, which celebrates the lone male free-thinking wolf and shuns women with similar independent ambitions, Banks is a breath of fresh revolutionary air. And while it is uncomfortable, she’s probably doing the hard grunt work of progressing the genre of music along so that it is easier for the next generation of independent women rappers to get on the scene and make claims of their own – without having to be co-signed by a male rapper first.

Plus, this is hip-hop. There are supposed to be big egos. One of the reasons why we tune in is so we can hear a bunch of people with active imaginations and overly inflated egos brag and boast over catchy beats. And let’s not forget about the beefs. Why, some of the genres most timeless tunes came out of beefs (some of us are still talking about the time Snoop came through and crushed the buildings).

And did I mention that Broke With Expensive Taste is pretty good? Like, a couple of the tracks on the album are straight fire. I think Banks is what hip-hop needs right now. The question is, is hip-hop ready for Banks?

“All This Sh*t Just Sounds The Same”: Azealia Banks Says Current Blue-Eyed Soul Singer And White Rapper Craze Is “Corny”

November 11th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Up and ready to hang in Paris with RockCorps!! @jacquidollhouse made me a blonde!!

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The conversation about who is and who isn’t appropriating black culture has been going strong for the last few years (Moguldom Studios actually made a documentary about it called Bleaching Black Culture), what with individuals like Iggy Azalea dominating music right now. And someone who isn’t a fan of it is MC Azealia Banks. After releasing her new album Broke With Expensive Taste last week (which has been getting great reviews), she talked to Pitchfork about the struggle it was to get her album out, ditching Interscope, and why she’s not here for mainstream music. The latter topic is what caught our attention. Check out what she had to say about record labels pushing the trend of blue-eyed soul singers and white rappers that America seems to be oh so into these days:

It’s making me insane. It also does bad things for the art world, because it puts every single artist into this one big virtual room. Everything gets really f**king homogenized, and all this sh*t just sounds the same, and everyone looks the same. It’s like you’re listening to one long song. I always think of the music industry as this weird human commodity game. It’s almost like slavery, where these people become popular for awhile, and then it’s done.

It’ll be like, “For a couple of years, we’re gonna f**k with blue-eyed soul, and here’s Duffy, here’s Adele”—who’s great—but now we’ve got a thousand white girls singing blue-eyed soul. It’s so regurgitated and corny. You have it in everything. You have it in indie rock. You’ll have Interpol, and then the National, and it’s just like, “Really, dude? Really?”

Or it’ll be like, “We’re gonna pop off the white-girl rapper,” so we’ll have Gwen Stefani and Fergie, and then it’ll get worse and worse and worse. And you’re just like, “What the f**k is this?” The whole trend of white girls appropriating black culture was so corny—it was more corny than it was offensive. Trust me, I’m not offended: All the things I’m trying to run away from in my black American experience are all the things that they’re celebrating. So if they f**kin’ want them, have them; if they want to be considered oversexualized and ignorant every time they open their f**king mouth, then f**king take it. But more than that, the art is not good. These songs are not good. It’s like, “Oh my God, you’re doing this black woman impression, is that what the f**k you think of me, b**ch? I need to meet the black woman that you’re imitating because I’ve never met any black woman who acts that bizarre.” It’s crazy that this becomes mainstream culture. All of America is celebrating sh*t like that. It’s so weird.

What do you think of what Banks had to say? Does she have a point?

“They Make It Seem Like There Can Only Be One”: Remy Ma On Why Today’s Female MCs Can’t Seem To Get Along

August 6th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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With Lil Kim coming out of maternity leave to drop a “Flawless Remix” remix and her new song, “Identity Theft,” both aimed at former arch nemesis Nicki Minaj, Nicki’s perceived issues with Iggy Azalea, and Azealia Banks’ issues with damn near everybody, it’s clear that the sisterhood in hip-hop is not as strong as it could be. Talented folks who could actually put out some great music together have instead resorted to taking subliminal shots in interviews or they just get froggy on social media and on wax. One person who can explain what all the animosity is about between women in hip-hop is Remy Ma. In a new interview with Hot 97, the newly released rapper said that people let other individuals get into their ear and make them think that there can only be one diva on top of the rap game.

“What I think happens with females in this game, they tend to allow other people to pit us against each other. I’ve said this before. They make it seem like there can only be one female. It can be a thousand guys that’s putting out music and rapping and doing what they do, but when it comes to females in this hip-hop business, they make it seem like it can only be one, and if there’s more than one then, ‘Alright, y’all better be at each other’s throats every chance that you get.’ And anytime you say one of those things, they be like, ‘Oh yeah! She has to be talking about this person when she said that!’ And I just feel like it got really crazy. I wouldn’t tolerate it, me personally. But some people are easily led astray. If you have enough people like, ‘She’s coming at you! She’s getting at you! You gotta say something!’ Or, ‘You tryna get on, ma! You gotta diss her to get on ’cause she’s who’s winning right now.’ Like, that’s not what it’s about. I’m around all day. I don’t have to go at somebody else for Rem to do her.”

Remy (aka, Reminisce Smith) has already said that she would love to do a track with Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and if possible, all three women all on one song doing their thing. But do you see that happening anytime soon?

Stop The Shenanigans: Celebrities Who Let Drama Get In The Way Of Their Talent

July 2nd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The following people on this list all have music that I’ve bumped at one time or another. However, their music and their talents in general often take a backseat due to the drama they get caught up in. Whether they’re bickering with folks on social media or throwing ‘bows in public, these people are too talented to take part in all the shenanigans they enjoy entertaining.

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Azealia Banks

Pretty girl. Vicious lyrical abilities. Penchant for drama.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it for the umpteenth time: Azealia Banks is a talented young MC. However, she makes it hard for those who have never heard her music to give her work a chance when she’s focused less on promoting that, and more on calling out everyone from Pharrell to Tiny and Rita Ora on social media.

“If U Speak Ill Of My Family Again….. I WILL END YOU!!!!!!”: TI Slams Azealia Banks Over Tiny Comments

June 17th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We told you today that Azealia Banks made some disrespectful comments about Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Tiny responded. But she’s not the only one.

Although Banks deleted the Tweet, T.I. still saw it and took to Instagram to respond, which was one fine, but then he took things to the next level with a threat:

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But Banks isn’t backing away slowly. The rapper went on her own tirade on Twitter:

“The ni**a shouting bad b***hes this bad b***hes that, is almost always at home with some busted bumpkin.”

“rap is not real. These ni**as are all fronters.”

“But your wife has meth face.”

“And your wife can’t read.”

“I saw you backstage at Kanye and you had nothing to say.”

“I stood next to you ON PURPOSE. To see if you would say something.”

“I’m taller than you in my heels.”

“Come see me ni**a.”

“And come by yourself.”

this grown a** man with kids went and cropped his favorite part of the atlantis video and really threatened to put hands on me LOL”

niggas really do be hella pu**y. u went to jail a million times for guns and drugs and are gonna turn around and threaten some girl.”

“yea i shouldn’t of said it, BUT SO WHAT, IT WAS FUNNY, really had to take it to threats?”

This is not a good look for you black man, it really isn’t.”

you’ve already been to jail for drugs and guns, your wife can’t read… can you be more of a statistic?”

You see what i mean when i say hip-hop is a minstrel show?” 

I BET HE WON’T DO S**T. But sit and simmer, and watch the rest of the atlantis video.”

She also claimed that she was going to sue T.I. for his threats, even saying “Ni**as love jail,” but again, she deleted those tweets.

I’m still trying to figure out why Banks brought Tiny into her issues with T.I. And while I can appreciate him trying to defend his wife, the whole “people fall down stairs” thing was the wrong thing to say on a public platform. Just saying. But all in all, both of these individuals have to do a lot better.