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“Sorry, Not Sorry”: Azealia Banks Says She’s The “Best Female In Hip-Hop”

January 31st, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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In “things that make you go hmmm” news…

Azealia Banks hopped on Twitter last night ready to make waves when she decided to proclaim that she is the best female in hip-hop right now. Even without a debut album to serve to the masses to allow them to make that decision on their own, she says she’s the best because she is the only one with her own sound, not trying to copy Nicki Minaj’s steez. Here’s what she said, ripped straight from her Twitter account last night:

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Just earlier in the week the rapper was trying to get someone from Sony to buy her out of her contract with Universal because they don’t understand what she’s trying to do with her sound and have been stifling her:

I’m tired of having to consult a group of old white guys about my black girl craft. they don’t even know what they’re listening for or to.

Universal needs to just hand me over to another label who knows what to do with me.

My fans really need some new music. I’ve been gratefully riding off of mixtape fumes for the past two years but I’m more ready than ever…..

And a few months back she blamed the lackluster response to her song “ATM Jam” on Pharrell because he didn’t support her in promoting it:

“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 niggas are funny.”

I will say that AZ does have some pretty sick wordplay with her music, but honestly, she hasn’t even had the chance to get on the main stage in music because of not only issues with her label, but her own antics. That’s all a lot of people know her for–the beefs, the comments about more established artists, the colorful hair. That’s it. She’s talented and could connect to a lot of people with her unique sound, but we’ve got to see and hear more than the talking. But what do you think? Is she the best female in hip-hop right now? Why or why not?

“Females Are Jealous”: Lil Kim Says There’s No Unity Between Women In Hip-Hop Anymore

December 6th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Working on her upcoming mixtape, Hardcore 2K13, Lil Kim was interviewed by XXL on her career, including what she is working on now, and where she thinks she stands amongst the female rappers of yesteryear and today. One major point the Notorious K.I.M. brought up that has people talking, is the reality that women in Hip-Hop just can’t seem to get along like they used to. Kim, of course, had a public beef with Nicki Minaj, and was called out on Twitter by Azealia Banks (who doesn’t get along with too many folks in general), so she knows what she’s talking about. Check out what Lil Kim had to say about all that, and why she’s still the queen:

Why Women Rappers Don’t Collaborate Like They Used To:

You have other women out there who want to be by themselves. They don’t get the art of unity and what inspired that. You can’t come in the game and think, Oh, okay, I’m going to be the only one out here. I don’t want to stand in the line with no other chicks.” It’s still a struggle because when a woman makes it to the top, it wasn’t like that when we were out. When we made it to the top, the real divas—me, Missy, Eve—we had no problem standing in a line. Look, let’s get this money. We did songs together. We just kept continuously doing it even when we didn’t like each other. We did photo shoots even when we couldn’t stand each other. It was more real. Nowadays, it’s just females are jealous. And they want to act like the girl who is responsible for all this doesn’t exist. That’s whack [sic]. That’s real corny, but things will change. That’s the one thing for certain—two things for sure. Things will change.

Where She Thinks She Stands In The Female Rap Game:

I am definitely the queen. I definitely see myself as the queen. I am the one who made it possible for females to be s*xy. That’s just the bottom line. And still rap hard with the fellas. Period.

If She Feels Like She Deserves More Respect Than She Gets At This Point:

I don’t give a f**k. It’s whatever. At this point, it is what it is. The streets made me. They stay at me. There’s nothing that’s gonna take away from my legacy. I’m sorry. It is what it is. I’m dying this way. With the crown on my head, nobody can take nothing away from me. It is what it is. I am who I am. Bottom line.

She made some interesting points, folks. But I think the reality is, she feels this way because there are less female lyricists getting shine and doing there thing right now. There were lots more in the ’90s, so if you didn’t get along with one or two (for instance, like she didn’t get along with Foxy Brown), you didn’t feel so alienated. But now, it’s just Nicki and a few other folks, and Kim is trying to stay afloat, so the petty squabbles stand out more. Well, now you see why folks miss the ’90s so much.

But what do you think? Share your thoughts below and check out her full interview over at XXL

“Lite Skin N***as Are Funny”: Azealia Banks Goes On Rant About “ATM Jam” Collaborator Pharrell

November 12th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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This has been a very good year for Pharrell. Not only did he settle down and get married, but he found himself back on top musically after working with Daft Punk on their new music (“Get Lucky” and “Lose Yourself to Dance” were big hits), and of course, for the work he did on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” What many people might not have known though, was that the innovator teamed up with rapper Azealia Banks for a song on her upcoming album, Broke With Expensive Taste (coming out next year), called “ATM Jam.” (HEAR IT HERE) I actually have the song and think it has a great beat and some dope tongue-twisting and slick lyrics to make it a big dance hit. However, a lot of her fans allegedly didn’t like it and after a lukewarm reception post the song’s release in July, the track didn’t do well on the charts and she reportedly decided to remove it from her album tracklist. This morning she decided to share her thoughts on Twitter on why the song didn’t blow up like she thought it would, and she put the blame on one person: No, not herself, but Pharrell Williams.

“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 niggas are funny.”

“But f**k it what’s new? Azealia banks having to scrape claw and fight for what she wants. This is normal for me now.”

“The minute I feel like I should give a f**k and stop talking s**t the good lord reminds me that no one else gives a f**k and neither shuld I”

I will say that it’s interesting that Pharrell has been all over the place, making an appearance with the other artists he has had big hits with this year. But really, if a song doesn’t blow, it might have a lot more to do with label promotion of the song and video than the people on it. And honestly, it could also be that people just weren’t feeling it. Hey, it happens! However, the last thing you want to do is start burning bridges with the folks in this industry who have a lot of power and influence. But then again, AB doesn’t “give a f**k” right?

On a side note, while dissing Pharrell, Banks showed love to Kanye West by saying that they’re like the same people; she just so happens to be the female version. Here’s what she told ELLE:

“Kanye and I are like the same person, but boy and girl. We’re pulling from the same cloud, the same inspiration. We’re both Geminis, we’re the two premier avant-gardists in Hip Hop music. It’s just me and him. I think our consciousnesses are swirling around each other in some weird kind of way.”

Would you agree? 

Azealia Banks Opens Up About Abusive Childhood And Stripping As A Teen To Make Ends Meet

October 14th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Behind her tough-girl exterior, it seems that Azealia Banks has an interesting just story waiting to be told in its entirety. Though she may not be at the top of people’s favorites lasts, hearing the about the countless obstacles that she has overcome is enough to make even her biggest critics give her a second glance. During a recent interview with Camilla Long for the The Sunday Times, the Harlem rapper candidly opened up about her abusive childhood, losing her father to cancer and stripping as a teen to make ends meet

On stripping at 17 to make ends meet and sleeping with married men:

[As told by Camilla Long] “The best thing about fame, however, is the money. She was “mad broke” until just over a year ago. At one point, she was so poor, she worked at a strip club and had her boyfriend pay the rent. He would drop by her house while she ‘smoked weed’ all day, until one day she noticed a man sitting in a car outside, ‘and I’d be like, who is this? What is he doing there? He’d just stare at me.’ The man was a private detective, hired after his wife found out about their relationship.”

[Azealia] “My boyfriend had started on me, like, ‘I don’t love you any more’, just hurtful stuff, and, of course, my young dumb-A$$ started sending his wife emails. And I was psycho, and all of a sudden the same man popped up at my door with $10,000 and was like, ‘If you want this $10,000, you need to give me all your phones and computers.’  ” He wanted to get rid of “anything I could send his wife.”

On sleeping with older men:

[As told by Camilla Long] “The oldest man she has dated was 56. He used to come in and flirt with her when she was working in Starbucks, “and he was really rich, of course. When I was little, I had a radar for that.” He would take her to dinner in Chelsea, “and we’d be in some fancy restaurant and I’d be there with my sweat suit on”. He thought it was “the funniest thing ever. He really got off on it.” What was it like, being 17 and sleeping with a 56-year-old? “It’s like f****** an old man,” she says.”

On her interest in women:

[As told by Camilla Long] She can also see herself having relationships with women now. She first knew she liked girls when she was 10. “I had this friend named Nicole who was so fresh,” she says. “She would always have mascara and wear gloss and would have padded bras, and we’d have these slumber parties. I think all kids do gay stuff, but we got to the point in childhood where I was like, oooh, sign me up.” She didn’t talk about being bisexual until she was 19 though, partly because of her mother, who threw her sister out of the house when she came out. She thought that Lakimba would “go to hell”. “She’d be like, ‘Don’t have that Itchbay in that house.’  ” Her mother thought “gay stuff” was “evil” and dismissed all men as gay. “She was like, ‘Oh no, he’s got a watch on his right arm.  That’s the gay arm.’ She called Aids ‘the Aids’. I was like, ‘Ma, it’s not 1974. It’s 2013. Just relax.’  ”

 On losing her dad and being abused by her mom:

Banks grew up in Harlem with her mother and two sisters. Her father died of pancreatic cancer when she was two, “from red meat, coffee, coke and Courvoisier”. He was a cokehead, she says with a note of pride, “till 63”. Her mother “lost her mind” a few years after he died. Banks claims she became physically and verbally abusive. She had fistfights with her daughters, sometimes attacking them with baseball bats, Banks says.

[As told by Camilla Long] “Banks grew up in Harlem with her mother and two sisters. Her father died of pancreatic cancer when she was two, “from red meat, coffee, coke and Courvoisier”. He was a cokehead, she says with a note of pride, “till 63”. Her mother ‘lost her mind’ a few years after he died. Banks claims she became physically and verbally abusive. She had fistfights with her daughters, sometimes attacking them with baseball bats, Banks says.”

Banks grew up in Harlem with her mother and two sisters. Her father died of pancreatic cancer when she was two, “from red meat, coffee, coke and Courvoisier”. He was a cokehead, she says with a note of pride, “till 63”. Her mother “lost her mind” a few years after he died. Banks claims she became physically and verbally abusive. She had fistfights with her daughters, sometimes attacking them with baseball bats, Banks says.

The Hotheads Of Harlem: 9 Uptown Celebrities Who Will Put You In Check

September 26th, 2013 - By IndigoBlack
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After watching the drama unfold between Rihanna and Teyana Taylor on Twitter this week, I learned two things: 1. Rihanna really likes to nitpick at people. 2. Teyana Taylor is extremely trill to be so tiny. While folks like Ciara, Karreuche Tran, and more have all cowered back in the corner when they’ve had to deal with the Bajan bad girl, Taylor held nothing back (though she did get a little too fired up). But I’m not really surprised. TT is from Harlem, and Uptown folks don’t play that. Don’t believe me? Check out these nine other Harlem-ites who are quick to put somebody in their place and maybe snatch a wig or two in the process.

Azealia Banks Accuses Lady Gaga Of Stealing (Again)

September 17th, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Earlier this month we told you about Azealia Banks’ angry Twitter rant against Lady Gaga. In case you missed it, the 22-year-old “212″ rapper called out the singer-songwriter for stealing her “newfound” style from underground artists such as herself. Some have speculated that Azealia’s anger was ignited after Gaga’s management team cut her from the “Born This Way” singer’s new “Ratchet” track, but that has yet to be confirmed. Now Azealia has yet another bone to pick with Gaga.

In her latest rant, Azealia accused the 27-year-old songstress of stealing the song title “Red Flame” from one of her demo tapes, which is strange, since “Red Flame” was supposed be a collaboration between Gaga and Azealia.

She then told Lady Gaga to keep the song title as a freebie, but warned that she’ll be charging over the next stolen idea.

“Life is great. You can have it. Plenty more where that came from. Seriously. . . This one is free. Next time I’m charging.”

So yeah, I know Azealia is like the boy who cried wolf when it comes to Twitter rants, but do you guys think there’s any validity to her claims? Does Lady Gaga strike you as a “track-jacker?”


Azealia Banks Blasts Lady Gaga On Twitter, Implies The Pop Singer Has Become A Copycat Who Is ‘Out Of Ideas’

September 3rd, 2013 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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So um, do y’all remember back in May when we told you that after getting into several social media squabbles, Harlem rapper Azealia Banks reportedly turned her Twitter account over to her management team? Well, it looks like she got her tweeting privileges back.

Over the weekend, the 22-year-old emcee took to her Twitter account to express her displeasure with none other than Lady Gaga. Her rant began with a simple question pertaining to Lady Gaga’s orginiality (or lack thereof).

As you all may have guessed, the tweet didn’t sit too well with Gaga’s “little monsters,” who quickly responded on behalf of their “mama monster,” but an unfazed Azealia didn’t seem to mind.

Now according to The YBF, Azealia is pissed because awhile ago, she did a feature for Gaga’s new song, “Ratchet,” but word on the street is that somewhere down the line, the “212″ rapper’s part was cut from the song. It appears that Azealia also went on to imply that Gaga is trying to reinvent herself by stealing from underground artists such as herself and jacking her “seapunk” style.

Do you think Azealia has a point?

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Get Them Some Water, The Thirst Is Real: Celebrities Who Do The Absolute Most For Attention

August 20th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Celebrities who want attention…When I learned this morning that Raz B and his publicist lied about being in a coma for publicity, I was pretty disgusted. Not because I didn’t have my suspicions about the possibility of somebody waking up from a coma in less than a day, but more because I could only respond to the whole thing with, “WHO DOES THAT!?”

Truth is, there are plenty of people out here doing the most for attention. Some with good results and with no harm intended. Others just to be infamous and have their name in people’s mouths. Here are 12 individuals who have been caught talking crazy, acting a fool, lying, or showing every ounce of what God gave them in the hope that you’ll care. As we always say, the thirst is real.

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Stacey Dash

Back when Dash played Dionne in Clueless, she was everything. But these days, she’s really trying folks. Whether she’s calling out other celebrities on Twitter, or sharing who she will vote for in elections in a tiny red swimsuit, while Dash is free to have and share her opinion, it never seems genuine. It just always seems like a ploy to keep her name in your mouth until she can get that next gig. Girl, now you know you should have acted right when you were working on Single Ladies…

“You Have Ugly Children And A Coke Habit”: Azealia Banks Exchanges Ugly Words With Brit Singer Lily Allen

July 16th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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I could have sworn that earlier this year Interscope was going to take over Tweeting for Azealia Banks. Clearly they weren’t serious, because she’s had some words for a few different folks this month alone. But this past week things got a bit too heated between the Harlem MC and British singer Lily Allen (“Smile” used to be my jam by the way). Both very feisty women with opinions they have no problem sharing, it’s hard to figure out why they started being at odds, but on Twitter this past week, it started when Banks responded to a message a fan sent to her where Allen says the women hating her are just jealous because she’s “SOOOOOOOO F**KING BEAUTIFUL.” Random? Yes. From there, the back and forth got heated, with Banks talking about Allen’s two children, Allen comparing Banks to Amanda Bynes, and more. It actually continued throughout the weekend:

Banks: @fabulousoa weak… she can’t talk though. Not when I met her coked up at yoyo… And NOT with that ugly husband she has.

Allen: @AZEALIABANKS @fabulousoa better not be, meh .

Banks: @lilyrosecooper your husband looks like a thumb.

Allen: Not even gonna @ her but if she wants to talk about weak , I’m sure her record sales to date should suffice. One hit wonder

Allen: And my husband ? Don’t go there b***h Or your totally unnecessary security detail may actually have something to worry about #wannabe

Allen: Ps we all need thumbs

Banks: @lilyrosecooper LOL ill be a one hit wonder but you have ugly children and a coke habit….. Shhhhhhh. #SHUTUP #ATMJAMISON

Allen: Okay Amanda , whatevs. #musthaveasongcomingout

Allen: i wouldn’t know cause i don’t spend all day googling myself. PS I invoiced your label for the traffic already hun.

Allen: also, nice song.seems like Skateboard P put alot of effort into that. #aintnoblurredlines .now excuse me, i have to put my ugly kids to bed

Days later, folks were still sending shade back and forth…

Banks: “One hit, but am certainly NOT a wonder. Just played for 70k at glasto, critics STILL eagerly anticipating my debut. Suck on that h*e!”
Allen: “ive had 2 kids since 212 dropped and i bet my my album still comes out 1st. B***h is scared of the ball. OUT.”
Banks: She’s just mad cause her husbands d**k is like playing thumb wars.
Banks: @lilyrosecooper go suck on your mans thimble d**k and put thumbalina to bed. Goodnight.
Last time I checked, Azealia posted an unflattering photo of Allen topless on Twitter, and Allen posted a picture of a black man’s private part (or a fake one) with a wig on it and had her followers thinking it was Banks. Yep, folks have stooped that low. But if they really want to one-up one another, they should try focusing on putting out new albums and not on Twitter drama. Just saying. What do you think?

“Don’t Be A Wigger In 2013″: Azealia Banks Calls Out The Trend Of White Girls Acting Ratchet, Miley Cyrus Responds With Shade

July 9th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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Just when you thought Azealia Banks was having a change of heart on calling folks out, she up and makes things entertaining by saying something a lot of folks are thinking. What did she say? Why, let’s discuss:

While posting on Twitter about random thoughts she has (“Lol do you talk to yourselves sometime? like practice conversations you wanna have with people, or just straight up talk to urself.?”), the female MC decided to let the world know that there is a trend going on with young white women behaving “ratchet” for attention, and she doesn’t like it.

“no but seriously can this weird obsession white girls are having with being “ratchet” go away???..”

“… its actually rather embarrassing.”

“Don’t be a wigger in 2013.”

Seeing as the only white woman I could think of who is having any type of ratchet fun in public is Miley Cyrus, I assumed like many others that her statement was an indirect shot at the “We Can’t Stop” singer. Of course, Cyrus’ new style and new music (the lyrical content at least) has been something we here at MN have been giving the side-eye to recently, so when we saw Banks’ statement about such a “weird obsession” we could only make the “OKAY!?” face. Surprisingly, Cyrus responded to such an indirect shot with her own, shouting out Jay-Z lyrics and letting folks know that she’s winning whether they like it or not:

“Call it what you want. But I don’t see Mr. Carter shoutin any of you b***hes out. #twerkmileytwerk ✌”

“Exactly right. I am an old worlds worst nightmare. #outwiththeold #inwiththenewnew”

Interestingly enough, Jay-Z turned around and retweeted her statement as he took over Twitter yesterday to answer questions from fans and critics about his new album. He probably had no idea what Cyrus was talking about, but was glad for the lyrical plug after he shouted out Miley’s love for twerking in the new song, “Somewhere In America” for the Magna Carta Holy Grail album. As for a response from Banks, she claimed she wasn’t talking about anybody in particular (riiiiight) but if you’re ratchet and you know it, then that statement was for you:

“I wasn’t even talking about you….LMAO….. but if the shoe fits. :-\”


Young people these days… What do you make of all this?

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