The weeks-long feud between Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks went to another level this week, as the two resorted to calling themselves names after the latter slammed the former in a radio interview.
During a charged interview with Hot 97 FM, Banks said, ‘That Iggy Azalea sh*t isn’t better than any f**king black girl that’s rapping today. The Grammys are supposed to be accolades of artistic excellence. Iggy Azalea is not excellent.’
(Azalea got 4 nods in the 2015 Grammy Nominations, including Best Rap Album – which is apparently what Banks was referring to.)
Banks continued, ‘When they give these Grammys out, all it says to white kids is, “Oh yeah, 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 sh*t. You don’t own sh*t, not even the sh*t you created for yourself.” And it makes me upset.’
In the interview Banks maintained the stance she had when she slammed white Azalea earlier this month for allegedly not caring about ‘black issues’, even though she is exploiting black culture to make herself famous.
As ENTmania! previously reported, Azalea took the high road while responding to Banks’ first slam on Twitter, but this time around, there was nothing like that.
Below is Azalea’s Twitter rant in response to Banks’ radio interview:
The fact is I’m very influenced by hiphop, I grew up admiring it and now I make cross over music thats both hiphop AND pop. I love living somewhere in between both styles and I love being a voice people enjoy hearing. I’ve never worried about who else people also enjoy because I grew up loving so many artists! I can’t understand people who try to dictate what others should enjoy liking oranges doesn’t mean you can’t also eat apples. Someone else’s success cannot hinder your own, I don’t get that mentality.
Special msg for banks: There are many black artists succeeding in all genres. The reason you haven’t is because of your piss poor attitude. Your inability to be responsible for your own mistakes, bullying others, the inability to be humble or have self control. It’s YOU! you created your own unfortunate situation by being a bigot and don’t have the mental capacity to realize yet. Probably never will. Now! rant, Make it racial! make it political! Make it whatever but I guarantee it won’t make you likable & THATS why ur crying on the radio. Enjoy continuing to bang your head against that metaphoric brick wall & Savor this attention. I’m the only way you get ANY. You’re poisonous and I feel genuinely sorry for you because it’s obvious at this point you are a MISERABLE, angry human being. Regards!
Shortly after Azalea’s outburst, Banks took to Twitter to fire her own missile:
Dear Lord, I Pray for this Clueless White Girl. None of this will make sense to her until she herself has children with a black man and has to deal with having black children in America.
The interview was about things way beyond your mental capacity… Itchy Areola, you are so stupid and selfish to make any of this about yourself in particular. My tears had absolutely nothing to with you and everything to do with society and the media in general. You have absolutely no place to comment… do you know what a minstrel is? Because that’s what you are….. But, iffy azuzu will not play victim and make this about her, I made some very valid points about things that are important to me. Things in society and culture. Things that really resonated with a lot of people.
You can watch the video of Banks’ interview below. What do you think?